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Feral Hog Hunts

All Phase 2 Feral Hog Hunts Have Been Sold Out.

Due to flooding, the hunt scheduled on Myakka River: Schewe Tract is rescheduled to March 8–10, 2016.

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.


2015–2016 Feral Hog Dog Hunt Incentive Program

Beginning in the 2015–2016 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 12, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Includes six hunts that occur November through December 2015.
  • Permits are transferable.
  • Top two producers on each hunt 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. Participants will be provided the opportunity to refute the decision.

Phase 2 Hunts

  • Registration will occur on December 21, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Includes six hunts that occur January through February 2016.
  • 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 2016 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 2016.
  • 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 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 (November through December 2015) »


Phase 2 Hunts Schedule (January through February 2015)

Registration begins 9 a.m. December 21, 2015, 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
Myakka River:
Schewe Tract (3,500 ac.)
February 9-11, 2016
March 8–10, 2016
3-night hunt hog dog 10
Alston Tract
at Upper Hillsborough Preserve (2,698 ac.)
January 5-7, 2016 3-day hunt hog dog 11
Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
(6,818 ac.)
January 26-28, 2016 3-night hunt hog dog 20
Flying Eagle Nature Center
formerly McGregor Smith Scout Reservation(4,964 ac.)
February 2-4, 2016 3-day hunt hog dog 20
Hampton Tract
and Closed-Area Tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve (10,316 ac.)
February 23-25, 2016 3-day hunt hog dog 38
Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve
(7,736 ac.)
February 9-11, 2016 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.