Hog hunting in Texas sits high atop many hunters’ bucket list. It’s a breed of hunting all its own that has exploded in popularity over the past decade.
In this post, we answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Texas hog hunting.
Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive guide to all applicable regulations for hunting hogs in Texas. As with any type of hunting, it’s critical that you review all applicable laws, restrictions, rules, and regulations for the area(s) you plan to hunt in to ensure you remain in full compliance with the law!
+ Who can hunt hogs in Texas? + Do I need a hunting license to hunt hogs in Texas? + Can I hunt feral hogs on private land in Texas? + Can I hunt feral hogs on public land in Texas? + How can I hunt hogs in Texas? + What’s the best time to hunt hogs? + What’s the best caliber for hog hunting? + Why is hog hunting so important to Texas?
Who can hunt hogs in Texas?
The short answer: just about anyone. So long as you can lawfully possess a firearm, you’re physically up for the task, and you’re in compliance with Texas hunter education requirements, you’re eligible to hunt hogs in the Lone Star State. Oh, and there’s no season—you can hunt hogs year-round in Texas.
There are, however, regulations you need to be aware of before you head out on a Texas hog hunt.
Do I need a hunting license to hunt hogs in Texas?
The answer depends on whether you plan to hunt hogs on public or private land.
Can I hunt feral hogs on private land in Texas?
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas law, SB 317, which was passed during the 86th Texas Legislature, states that both Texas residents and nonresidents may hunt feral hogs on private land without a license—so long as the hunter first obtains landowner consent. Failure to obtain consent prior to hunting hogs on Private land in Texas is a violation.
SB 317 applies regardless of whether or not hunters pay to hunt hogs on a private landowner’s property. However, it’s important to note that, in order to collect financial reward or other consideration in exchange for allowing people to hunt feral hogs on their property, private landowners must first acquire a hunting lease license from TPWD.
It’s also important to know that a valid Texas hunting license is required if you plan on trapping or snaring hogs, as doing so can affect other wildlife species.
Can I hunt feral hogs on public land in Texas?
Unlike private land, though, if you plan to hunt hogs on public land in Texas, you must have a valid Texas hunting license. Additionally, hunting feral hogs on public land in Texas comes with more restrictions than private land, so study up before you set out on a public land hog hunting excursion.
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