Feral Hogs

Feral swine have become a concern across Oklahoma because of their expanding numbers and the damage they inflict to the landscape.
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Feral Hog FAQ

What is the best public land in the state to hunt hogs on?

Hog populations are variable and it is hard to determine the best public land on which to hunt hogs. Contact other hunters and area managers of public land for more information.

If coyote season is open year-round on a WMA, does that mean that hog hunting is open year-round?

When there is a deer and/or turkey season open on the WMA, only appropriate methods, hunting hours, and weapons for that deer and/or turkey season are authorized for taking or pursuing feral hogs. Also, during the firearms deer seasons (muzzleloader, modern gun and special antlerless seasons) you must possess a filled or unfilled deer license for that appropriate season, and you must comply with other regulations that apply to that season (blaze orange requirements, for example).

Can I hunt hogs on a WMA if my hunting license is suspended or revoked?

No, you cannot hunt hogs on a WMA if you have a suspended or revoked license.  

Can I run them with dogs for sport only on WMAs (during daylight hours)?

When there is a deer and/or turkey season open, hogs may not be taken or pursued with dogs on WMAs. Outside of deer and/or turkey seasons, you may utilize dogs to hunt hogs when there are other open seasons that allow for the use of dogs as a means of hunting.   

Can I chase pigs at night with dogs on public lands?

Yes, but only outside of any open deer or turkey seasons. You can not shoot pigs at night on any public lands.

Can I shoot pigs at night on public lands?

No, under no circumstances (including while hunting furbearers).

Can I trap hogs on WMAs?

Yes, but you can not use bait.

Can feral hogs may be removed alive from a WMA?

No, under no circumstances.

What can I use to hunt pigs on public land?

Consult the Oklahoma Hunting Guide for most areas. However during any open deer and/or turkey season, only appropriate methods, hunting hours and legal equipment for that deer and/or turkey season are authorized for taking or pursuing feral hogs.

For instance you can not shoot at a pig:

  • with a .22 rifle if you are rabbit hunting on Oct. 15
  • with a shotgun if you are duck or quail hunting on Dec. 10
  • with a concealed carry gun while check traps or setting up tree stand on  or waterfowl hunting from Oct. 1-Jan 15 (deer archery season).
  • With a rifle while predator calling on Jan. 10

What kind of licenses do I need on public land?

A hunting license is required for hunting hogs on public land, unless exempt.

Additionally, if you are hunting during one of the following seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, you must possess a filled or unfilled license appropriate for the current season, unless otherwise exempt.

  • youth deer gun
  • bear muzzleloader (in open counties),
  • deer muzzleloader,
  • deer gun,
  • Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun (in open zones),
  • elk gun (in open counties)
  • antelope gun (in open areas)

Do you have a list of hog hunting guides?

The Department does not license guides and therefore does not maintain a list of guide services. You may be able to find a hog hunting guide by looking in the newspaper, on the Internet or at one of the state’s outdoor/hunting shows. 

What will be the penalties for hunting hogs out of season or violating other hog hunting rules?

The fines will be similar to those for other game law violations. 

If I shoot a hog and it runs onto someone else’s property, do the same rules apply as deer?

Yes, you will need to obtain landowner permission to retrieve the animal.

Is hunter safety required for hog hunting?

Hunter safety certification is not required specifically for hunting hogs. However, if you are hunting on public land or if you are hunting on private land during any firearms big game season, a hunting license and/or appropriate big game license is required, and these licenses may require proof of hunter safety certification to purchase.

Is it true that some feral hogs have rabies?

Hogs, like all mammals, can get rabies but it is very uncommon.

What about Commercial Hunt Areas?

Commercial hunt areas are licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. These areas can not sell hog hunts, but hunters may shoot hogs if they are encountered on the area if allowed by the commercial hunt area. Hogs may be shot year round in commercial hunt areas.

What are the rules at sporting facilities?

Same as on private lands. Additionally, hunters must have a $25 license from ODAFF. You can get that license here: http://kellysolutions.com/ok/swinehunter/newapplication/applynow.asp

What about “guided” hog hunts?

There are two options:

  • Hunt on private land
  • Hunt at a sporting facilities licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

What is the feral swine free zone?

Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woods, Ellis, Woodward, Garfield, Grant, Alfalfa counties make up the  feral swine free zone.
Transportation of live feral swine into, through, or within a feral swine free zone is prohibited.
Feral swine facilities are prohibited within the zone and licenses for existing feral swine facilities in the zone will not be renewed.
People can hunt or trap hogs in the zone and are required report any feral swine activity to the ODAFF, to include but not limited to any observation, capture, or kill.

How do I get a night shooting exemption?

Exemptions are available through an app, online or through the game warden in your county or adjoining.

To get the app through the app store on your Apple or Android by searching for Oklahoma Hog (the official name is OK Feral Hog Night Shooting Exemption App).

Exemptions are available online at wildlifedepartment.com

Fill out your basic information a copy of the exemption will be emailed to you or you can print one off.

If you choose not to use the app or the website you can call, text, or visit in person with your county game warden or adjoining county who will provide you an exemption.

Are there firearm restrictions when night shooting for pigs under this exemption?

No firearms restrictions.

What’s legal for night shooting pigs under this exemption?

Persons shooting hogs at night on a night shooting exemption may not shoot from, to, on, or across any public roadway.

The following is legal when night shooting with this exemption:

  • Night vision
  • Thermal imaging
  • Infrared technology (night scopes)
  • Spot light including those mounted on firearms
  • Vehicle headlights or vehicle mounted lights (not on public roads)
  • Pursuit with vehicle such as an ATV (not on public roads)

What is required inside and outside of the deer gun season as it relates to night shooting?

Outside of the 16-day deer gun season:

  • Everyone night shooting pigs must carry written permission from the landowner or landowner designee.
  • At least one person in the group must have a copy of the exemption (from either the landowner or his/her designee).
  • Encouraged, but not required, to provide notification of night shooting activity to local game warden.


During the 16-day deer gun season:

  • Only the landowner or the landowner designee (who has obtained the exemption) may night shoot.
  • Family members (parents, kids, grandkids, sons/daughters-inlaws) of the landowner or the landowner designee can assist, including shooting.
  • At least one person in the group must have a copy of the exemption (from either the landowner or his/her designee).
  • The exemption holder (landowner or landowner designee) must be present.
  • Some type of advance notification to the local game warden is required.
  • If you are not the landowner, the landowner designee or family member (see above) you can not night shoot.

What are the different types of exemptions?

Landowner Exemption – held by the deed holding landowner

Landowner Designee – The deed holding landowner can designate one person annually to hold his/her exemption.

Hog hunter – a hunter who does not own land or who has not been named the landowner’s designee can hunt at night shoot pigs “under” the exemption of the landowner or his/her designee.  With a copy of the exemption and written landowner permission on their person.

What if I want to shoot pigs at night without pursuing with hounds?

Only on private land and you must have an immediate exemption obtained through web site, app or through a game warden. Plus you must possess written landowner permission.

Can I chase pigs at night with dogs on private lands?

Yes, year-round. However, you can not kill them with a firearm unless you have obtained an night shooting exemption and written landowner permission.

I want to transport pigs and/or keep them on my property?

Under the Feral Swine Control Act, The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF) administers the licensing program for feral swine transporters and handling/hunting facilities.

If for any reason a person handles live feral swine, it is strongly recommended that he or she become familiar with the Feral Swine Control Act and administrative rules. These regulations, applications, management guides, lists of licensed handling/hunting facilities, and more can all be found on the ODAFF Feral Swine web page, ag.ok.gov. For more information, contact Dr. Justin Roach of ODAFF at (405) 522-6124 or e-mail justin.roach@ag.ok.gov.

Who is the OFSCA?

The Oklahoma Feral Swine Control Association is comprised of hunters, trappers, hunting ranches, farmers and ranchers united in the common goal of eradicating feral swine from the State of Oklahoma. You can find more info about the group at  https://www.facebook.com/OklahomaFeralSwineControlAssociation

Where can I find a list of state trappers?

Call USDA Wildlife Services (405) 521-4039 (also see OFSCA)

Can I take my feral hog to a local meat processor?

Contact your local meat processor to see if they are licensed to process wild hogs. Many hog hunters process their own meat, so your best bet for “do it yourself” tips may be to visit with other hunters who have processed their own animals.

Do I have to tag or check the animal in at a check station?

No, there are no tags or check stations for feral hogs.

Is there a daily limit for feral hogs?

No, there are no limits for feral hogs.

What licenses are required for trapping pigs on private lands?

No licenses required for trapping pigs on private lands and no rules relating to trap size, posting, etc…

What can I use to hunt pigs on private land?

You can use any type of weapon you want to use on private land.

Can I use buckshot?

Yes, any time but only on private land.

What about non-residents hunting?

Same license requirements as for residents as it relates to hogs (both private and public land).

Can I release hogs?

No. Unless it is a Judas Pig. This is a population control technique in which a feral swine is caught, radio-collared and released at the trap site, then tracked down after it joins other feral swine so that those swine can be removed. The feral hog must be released onto the same private land on which it was caught within 24 hours of its capture. For more details, go online to ag.ok.gov.

What is free hog control permit and how do I get one?

Landowners may obtain a free hog control permit from the local game warden allowing them to harvest hogs during antelope, bear, deer and elk firearm seasons without purchasing the corresponding big-game license (night shooting exemptions are also available, see below). Landowners must always call the Game Warden to obtain the permit.

How about Hunter Orange? Do I have to wear it?

You must wear a head covering or upper garment while hunting pigs during the day on public and private lands during any open big game season.

What if I am hunting with archery equipment or knife?

No hunting license needed for private land, but a hunting license is required for public land.

A filled or unfilled license (deer, elk, antelope, bear) is not required when you are not hunting with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire. You can not use dogs or a knife during any open big game seasons.

What kind of hunting license do I need on private land?

No hunting license is required.

However, if you are hunting during one of the following seasons with a shotgun and rifled slug, or any rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber rimfire, you must possess a filled or unfilled license appropriate for the current season, unless otherwise exempt.

  • youth deer gun
  • bear muzzleloader (in open counties),
  • deer muzzleloader,
  • deer gun,
  • Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun (in open zones),
  • elk gun (in open counties)
  • antelope gun (in open areas)