Hog Hunting U.S.A.
Taking down hogs is one of the fastest growing, most exciting and most necessary types of hunting today. Here are five top locations for the best action.
The availability of specialized firearms, ammunition, gear and even websites and magazines all point to the fact that hog hunting is becoming big business. With rambling hordes of porkers now found in 35 states and with an estimated 2 million in the South alone, the destruction these heavy critters are wreaking across their range is extensive. Hogs uproot crop fields and yards and destroy habitat that must be shared with a broad range of other species including wild turkeys and deer. Worse, there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to their spread. Experts believe it is simply a matter of time until hogs are found in every state in the lower 48.
But hunting hogs isn’t simply an exercise in nuisance species management; it’s also darn fun. With virtually no bag limits, year-round hunting and day and night shooting allowed in many areas, hog hunting truly offers 24/7 action—no matter a hunter’s schedule. For traveling hunters, hog hunts are also among the most affordable and the fact that hogs are so tasty, certainly doesn’t hurt either.
So where can you find some of the best hog hunting action around? Here are five spots worthy of your precious time and money. If your home state isn't included in this list, go to NRAOutdoors to find plentiful opportunities with reputable outfitters near you.
The South rules when it comes to out-of-control hog populations, and few places can compare to the hunting availability found in the tourist-worthy Sunshine State. The state boasts an estimated half million hogs, so throw a dart at virtually any spot on the map and you can bet the odds of finding excellent hunting for swine will be high.
Osceola Outdoors, near the sprawling shores of famed Lake Okeechobee, offers hunters the choice of relaxing and near-guaranteed action hunting over feeders or a more challenging spot-and-stalk experience. Rates begin as low as $200 for a half day of hunting and $250 for a full day. Hog hunting is by far one of the most affordable, outfitted hunt experiences available. Depending on the time of year, you can double it up with a hunt for Osceola wild turkeys, ducks, predators or even alligators.
Florida also boasts ample public land opportunities for hogs with some of the best swine-filled wildlife management areas (WMA) being the Blackwater Hutton Unit, Apalachicola Bradwell Unit, portions of the large Joe Budd, Big Bend Snipe Island and Tide Swamp units, and Triple N Ranch across the northern half of the state.
Tosohatchee is counted among the top northern public destinations for hunters interested in chasing hogs with dogs. Southern Florida public hot spots include Green Swamp, which boasts the largest hog harvest each year, Babcock/Webb, J.W. Corbett, Okaloacoochee Slough and Allapattah Flats. Check with the Florida Wildlife Commission’s for information on hog hunting in the state, as well as the availability of Limited Entry/Quota Hunts, which reduce the number of hunters allowed on a public property for a species and make for a better hunting experience.
Populations of hogs in this southern paradise used to be confined to the lower regions of the state, but since the early 1990s, hogs have expanded rapidly across all of Alabama. Top WMA and public areas according to Outdoor Alabama include Freedom Hills, Seven-Mile Island and the northwest corner of Black Warrior in northwestern Alabama; Oakmulgee WMA, Talladega National Forest and Lowndes WMA, which has the most hogs per acre, in the central part of the state; and Upper Delta, Mobile-Tensaw Delta and W.L. Holland WMAs in the southwestern region ...