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Feral Hog Hunts

Feral Hog Hunts

Phase 1 Hog Hunts Registration: Oct. 2 at 9 a.m.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) considers feral hogs an invasive exotic species. Hogs negatively impact wetlands and other habitats by “rooting” up the soil while searching for food. They prey on native wildlife, compete with native species for food and transmit diseases to other wildlife, livestock and humans. Additionally, hogs may facilitate the spread of exotic plant species by transporting seeds and/or providing germination sites through rooting.

Hog hunts are being conducted on District lands to alleviate and decrease these impacts. Removing the animals from the landscape through hunting or trapping is the only viable method of hog control in Florida. For more information about feral hogs on District lands, see the “frequently asked questions” page.


2017–2018 Feral Hog Dog Hunt Incentive Program

Beginning in the 2017–2018 Feral hog dog hunt season, the District will implement a three-phase hunting system. The first two phases of hunts will have separate registration processes. The single top producer from each Phase 1 and Phase 2 hunt will be asked to participate in hog management activities for Phase 3.

Phase 1 Hunts

  • Registration will occur on October 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Includes six hunts that occur October through December 2017.
  • Permits are transferable.
  • The top producer on each Phase one hunt will be placed on the District’s ‘top producer’ list and will be awarded participation in our Phase 3 hunts, free of charge. We no longer award free admission into Phase two for our top two producers of the phase one hunt.
  • Failure to follow rules or poor behavior issues will disqualify registrant for incentive consideration at the sole discretion of District staff. Participants will be provided the opportunity to refute the decision.

Phase 2 Hunts

  • Registration will occur on December 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Includes six hunts that occur January through February 2017.
  • Permits are transferable.
  • The single top producer on each hunt of Phase 2 will be placed on the District’s “top producer” list and will be contacted between March and October 2018 to take part in feral hog management hunts on an as-needed basis, free of charge.
  • Failure to follow rules or poor behavior issues will disqualify registrant for incentive consideration at the sole discretion of District staff. Participants will be provided the opportunity to refute the decision.

Phase 3 “As-Needed” Management Hunts

  • Includes management hunts that can occur between March through October 2018.
  • Only those registrants that qualify as top producers following the Phase 1 and 2 hunts will be contacted to take part in management hunts during this period.
  • Management hunts offered to top producers will be free of charge and non-transferable.
  • All 12 Phase 2 top producers will be offered participation in a minimum of two management hunts throughout the non-hunting season.

View Phase 1 Hunts Schedule (October through December 2017) »

Registration begins 9 a.m. October 2, 2017, and ends when all permits are sold (or at midnight Thursday following the registration date—whichever comes first). Be advised, permits typically sell out quickly.

Hunt Area Hunt Date Duration Type Permits
Alston Tract
at Upper Hillsborough Preserve (2,698 ac.)
October 31 - November 2, 2017 3-day hunt hog dog 11
Chito Branch Reserve (5,515 ac.) November 7-9, 2017 3-day hunt hog dog 10
Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
(6,818 ac.)
November 14-16, 2017 3-night hunt hog dog 20
Flying Eagle Nature Center
formerly McGregor Smith Scout Reservation(4,964 ac.)
November 14-16, 2017 3-day hunt hog dog 20
Hampton Tract
and Closed-Area Tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve (10,316 ac.)
November 28-30, 2017 3-day hunt hog dog 38
Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve
(7,736 ac.)
November 28-30, 2017 3-day hunt hog dog 30

Dog hunt only: One hunter, two assistants and three dogs per hunter; please see “Rules” for each hunt for more information.


Phase 2 Hunts Schedule (January through February 2018)

Registration begins 9 a.m. December 18, 2017, and ends when all permits are sold (or at midnight Thursday following the registration date—whichever comes first). Be advised, permits typically sell out quickly.

Hunt Area Hunt Date Duration Type Permits
Alston Tract
at Upper Hillsborough Preserve (2,698 ac.)
January 2-4, 2018 3-day hunt hog dog 11
Chito Branch Reserve (5,515 ac.) January 9-11, 2018 3-day hunt hog dog 10
Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
(6,818 ac.)
January 30-February 1, 2018 3-night hunt hog dog 20
Flying Eagle Nature Center
formerly McGregor Smith Scout Reservation(4,964 ac.)
January 16-18, 2018 3-day hunt hog dog 20
Hampton Tract
and Closed-Area Tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve (10,316 ac.)
February 13-15, 2018 3-day hunt hog dog 38
Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve
(7,736 ac.)
January 23-25, 2018 3-day hunt hog dog 30

Dog hunt only: One hunter, two assistants and three dogs per hunter; please see “Rules” for each hunt for more information.