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.
Again in the 2014–2015 Feral hog dog hunt season, the District will conduct 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.
Registration begins 9 a.m. December 15, 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|
at Upper Hillsborough Preserve (2,698 ac.)
|January 6-8, 2015||3-day hunt||hog dog||11|
|Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
|January 27-29, 2015||3-night hunt||hog dog||20|
|Flying Eagle Nature Center
formerly McGregor Smith Scout Reservation(4,964 ac.)
|February 3-5, 2015||3-day hunt||hog dog||20|
|Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve
|February 10-12, 2015||3-day hunt||hog dog||30|
and Closed-Area Tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve (10,316 ac.)
|February 24-26, 2015||3-day hunt||hog dog||38|
|Starkey Wilderness Preserve
|February 24-26, 2015||3-night hunt||hog dog||35|
Dog hunt only: One hunter, two assistants and three dogs per hunter; please see “Rules” for each hunt for more information.