Hog Hunting on Public Land in Texas

by James Jordan

Public lands, though small by percentage, offer many opportunities for hog hunting. Rules are fairly lax in Texas concerning the hunting of hogs, and most of it is done on private land, but there are many areas where you may hunt on public land.

Significance

Hogs are nuisance animals that can grow up to 400 lbs. while they destroy crops, destroy animal habitat, kill small animals and spread disease to other animals. They also reproduce rapidly.

Legality

Wild hogs are not considered game animals and have no protection. The season is always open, and there is no limit on how many you may shoot or even what method you use. You must have a basic hunting license, however, to do any hunting in Texas.

Where to Hunt

The vast majority of hog hunting happens on private leased hunting land. Only 2 percent of the state is public land, and the state wildlife department manages only half of that, but that are still more than 1 million acres available.

Wildlife Management Areas

There are more than 50 wildlife management areas in the state with more than 1 million acres of hunting land. Some state parks allow hunting, as do some national parks and wildlife areas.

Considerations

A $48 permit gives you access to all the wildlife areas in the state for a year. There are also special hunts where permits are distributed by lottery in areas that would not normally be open to hunting.

Walk-in Hunts

The Texas Department of Wildlife publishes maps of all public hunting lands in the state (see "Walk-in Hunts" link in References). State officials are trying to expand hunting areas by working with landowners, and they will publish new maps as land becomes available.

About the Author

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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