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Feral Hog Hunts

Feral Hog Hunts

All 2013–2014 Feral Hog Hunts Have Been Sold Out.

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.


2013–2014 Feral Hog Dog Hunt Incentive Program

Beginning in the 2013–2014 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. Top producers from Phase 1 will be awarded free hunts for Phase 2; top producers from Phase 2 will be asked to participate in hog management activities for Phase 3.

Phase 1 Hunts

  • Registration will occur on October 7, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Includes nine hunts that occur October 2013 through January 2014.
  • Permits are transferable.
  • Top two producers on each hunt, with the exception of Conner Preserve and Coker Prairie, will be awarded a non-transferable registration to the same hunt location in Phase 2, free of charge.
  • Failure to follow rules or poor behavior issues will disqualify registrant for incentive consideration at the sole discretion of District staff.

Phase 2 Hunts

  • Registration will occur on January 13, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Includes nine hunts that occur February through April 2014.
  • Permits are transferable.
  • Top two producers on each hunt of Phase 2 will be placed on the District’s “top producer” list and will be contacted between May and September 2014 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.

Phase 3 “As-Needed” Management Hunts

  • Includes management hunts that occur May through September 2014.
  • Only those registrants that qualify as top producers following the Phase 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 14 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 2013 through January 2014) »


Phase 2 Hunts Schedule (February through April 2014)

Registration begins 9 a.m. January 13, 2014, 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
Deep Creek Preserve
(2,000 ac.)
February 4-6, 2014 3-day hunt hog dog 6
Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
(6,818 ac.)
February 11-13, 2014 3-night hunt hog dog 22
McGregor Smith Scout Reservation
at Flying Eagle Preserve (4,964 ac.)
February 11-13, 2014 3-day hunt hog dog 20
Starkey Wilderness Preserve
(14,105 ac.)
March 4-6, 2014 3-night hunt hog dog 55
Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve
(7,736 ac.)
March 11-13, 2014 3-day hunt hog dog 30
Hampton Tract
and Closed-Area Tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve (10,316 ac.)
March 11-13, 2014 3-day hunt hog dog 41
Alston Tract
at Upper Hillsborough Preserve (2,698 ac.)
March 18-20, 2014 3-day hunt hog dog 11

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