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.
NOTE: Some hunts initially scheduled for the 2012–2013 season are under review for legal interpretation. This modified schedule lists all currently approved hunts.
|hunt area||hunt date||duration||type||permits|
at Upper Hillsborough Preserve
|October 30-November 1, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||11|
Coker Prairie Tract
at Edward Chance Reserve
|October 30-November 1, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||6|
|November 6-8, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||11|
Deep Creek Preserve
|November 27-29, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||6|
|Deer Prairie Creek Preserve
and South Schewe Tract
|December 11-13, 2012||3-night hunt||hog dog||30|
|March 19-21, 2013||3-night hunt||hog dog||30|
|Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve
|December 4-6, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||30|
|Hampton Tract and Closed-Area Tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve
|December 4-6, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||41|
|Little Manatee River Southfork Tract
|November 6-8, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||4|
|Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
|January 22-24, 2013||3-night hunt||hog dog||22|
|McGregor Smith Scout Reservation
at Flying Eagle Preserve
|November 23-25, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||20|
|December 14-16, 2012||3-day hunt||hog dog||20|
|Starkey Wilderness Preserve
|January 8-10, 2013||3-night hunt||hog dog||55|
Dog hunt only: One hunter, two assistants and three dogs per hunter; please see “Hunt Rules” section for each hunt for more information.