According to Admin Code Title 40, Part 2, Rule 7.1, "Wild hogs
are hereby defined as any feral hog, wild swine, Russian boar, or
any pig that is not a domesticated pet or livestock, or has a wild
looking appearance or behavior."
Hunting - Private
License Requirements: Residents: a valid
Lifetime, All Game, or Sportsman's License unless otherwise
Nonresidents: a valid NR All Game Hunting License.
Hunting with archery equipment and/or Primitive Weapons
during archery or primitive weapon season: Valid Lifetime,
All game, or Sportsman's License and the Archery/Primitive Weapon
Permit, unless otherwise exempt.
Other Requirements: Designated agents of the
landowner/leaseholder must have written permission from the
landowner/leaseholder in his or her possession. A designated agent
is anyone who is not the deed holder or leaseholder and has
permission by a landowner or leaseholder to hunt or trap on a
Permission letter must include:
- the contact information of the landowner or leaseholder
- the contact information of the permitted person
- a specific date of expiration
- signature of the landowner/leaseholder
- signature of the permitted person
Hunter Orange: Persons hunting wild hogs during
any open gun season on deer will be required to wear, in full view,
500 square inches of solid unbroken hunter orange, unless they are
hunting from a fully enclosed stand.
Hours/Season: Landowners and leaseholders
may hunt nuisance animals year-round at any time of day or night
with no weapon/caliber restrictions on property titled in their
name or otherwise owned, or leased by them.
Designated agents (persons with permission) of the landowners /
leaseholders may hunt nuisance animals year-round at any time of
day or night with no weapon / caliber restrictions, provided they
have written permission from the landowner or leaseholder in his or
her possession, when hunting nuisance animals. Permission
letters must be signed and dated by the landowner or leaseholder,
and shall include the contact information of the landowner or
leaseholder; the contact information of the permitted person; and a
specific a date of expiration.
Hunting with Dogs: Wild hogs may not be
hunted or pursued with dogs during the open spring turkey hunting
Bag Limit: There is no daily or seasonal bag
limit for wild hogs in Mississippi.
Hunting - Public Lands
Consult specific regulations on any public lands before hunting
wild hogs. Regulations may be more restrictive than private
lands. "On public lands, the governmental entity charged with the
management of said lands may or may not allow the taking of
nuisance animals (wild hogs) subject to applicable laws, rules, or
regulations. It is the hunter's responsibility to check with the
entity managing the property before hunting nuisance animals (wild
hogs) on those lands."
MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) Properties: Wild hogs may
be taken incidental to hunting activities during any open hunting
season with weapons and ammunition legal for that hunting
Trapping - Private Lands Only
Legal Wild Hog Trap Definition
"A wild hog live-cage-type trap is described as a permanent or
mobile containment system made of any type material capable of
confining the mobility of a wild hog unless otherwise removed. The
trap must consist of a trap door, slide gate, or similar mechanism.
These traps must have at least 50% of the roof open to allow
non-targeted deer, turkey, or bear the ability to escape."
License Requirements: Either a valid
Lifetime, All game, Sportsman, or Trapping License, unless
Trap Operation: All live-cage-type traps must
be checked every 36 hours. All non-target wild or domestic animals
caught must be removed or released immediately upon
Trap Labeling: Any live-cage-type trap
used to trap wild hogs must be tagged or labeled in plain view
(written in waterproof ink or stamped) with the owner or user name,
address, phone number, and/or MDWFP customer ID#.
Hours/Season: No hourly or seasonal
Bag Limit: No bag limit.
Use of Bait
Feed/bait may be used to take wild hogs. Any food of food
products may be used year round for the purpose of taking wild hogs
with the following exceptions:
- Grain or grain products may be used, if placed inside any
legally designed live-capture-type trapping device for the sole
purpose of trapping wild hogs.
- Grain or grain products may be used from the day after the
spring turkey season to the day prior to opening of archery season,
but may only be provided from above ground covered feeders or
stationary spin cast feeders. Feeders may be placed in plain sight
with no distance restriction. Areas must be clear of all bait for
10 days prior to hunting game animals.
- There are no poisons or toxic baits labeled for legal use to
take pigs or wild hogs in the United States. Placement of poisons
and toxic materials for the purpose of killing any wildlife and
domestic animals inconsistent with label instructions may
constitute state and federal violations and fines and punishment.
Transportation of Wild Hogs
Importation of wild hogs into the state of Mississippi is
No person may transport on public roads or off the property of
record where captured or relocate within the state any live feral
hog, wild swine, or Russian Boar within the State of Mississippi,
without first obtaining a Live Wild Hog Transportation Permit for
each wild hog being transported.
There is no restriction on the transportation of dead wild
Punishment for the Illegal Transport and Release of Wild
"A violation of this section, upon conviction, is punishable as
a Class I violation. Any person who has been convicted of a Class I
violation shall be fined not less than Two Thousand Dollars
($2,000.00) no more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) and
shall be imprisoned in the county jail for five (5) days. The
person shall also forfeit all hunting, trapping, and fishing
privileges for a period of not less than twelve (12) consecutive
months from the date of conviction"
Live Wild Hog Transportation Permit
"Wild hogs may not be transported within the State of
Mississippi and released or removed alive from any mobile device or
vehicle, except that wild hogs may be released alive for the
purpose of slaughter into an enclosure no larger than 500 square
feet in size and constructed in a manner that prevents the escape
of any wild hog, or to a facility where the hog may be immediately
prepared for slaughter."
Live Hog Transportation Permits may be obtained
by contacting MDWFP's 24 hour Communications Dispatcher at (601)
Required information for a Live
Wild Hog Transportation Permit:
- Date and time of transportation
- Name and physical address of permitee
- Hunting license number
- Point of origin (road or highway no.)
- Number of live wild hogs being transported
- Physical address of final destination
- Description of the transporting vehicle and license plate
- Driver's license number of driver of the vehicle described
NOTE: Live Wild Hog Transportation Permits WILL NOT
be issued to:
- Persons with history of repeated hunting/fishing
- Any person who has had his or her hunting/fishing privileges
Time Valid: Twenty-four (24) hours from the
time it is issued.
Punishment for the Transport of Live Wild Hogs without a
Live Wild Hog Transportation Permit:
"A violation of this section is a Class II violation, per each
animal in violation, and punishable with a fine of not less than
One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars
($500.00) or imprisonment in county jail for not less than six (6)
months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. In addition to the
penalties provided therein, upon conviction, the violator shall
forfeit all hunting, trapping and fishing privileges for a period
of one (1) year from the date of conviction."
Animal Control Permit for Wild Hogs
- Corn may be poured, piled, or placed directly on the
- Hogs may be killed directly over the bait
- Permits may be issued for a period of six (6) months and may be
- Any wild hog captured under an Animal Control Permit may not be
- No other species may be hunted or killed under this permit
Selling of Wild Hog Meat
No meat or other part of a wild hog may be sold without having
first been inspected and approved by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and/or the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and
Commerce pursuant to the laws, rules, and regulations of those