Wild Hog Regulations in Mississippi
Definition of a Wild Hog
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 Lands
License Requirements: Residents: a valid Lifetime, All Game, or Sportsman's License unless otherwise exempt.
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 specific property.
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 season.
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 season.
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 otherwise exempt.
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 detection.
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 restrictions.
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 prohibited.
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 hogs.
Punishment for the Illegal Transport and Release of Wild Hogs
"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) 432-2170.
Required information for a Live Wild Hog Transportation Permit:
- Date and time of transportation
- Name and physical address of permittee
- 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 number
- Driver's license number of driver of the vehicle described above
NOTE: Live Wild Hog Transportation Permits WILL NOT be issued to:
- Persons with history of repeated hunting/fishing offenses
- Any person who has had his or her hunting/fishing privileges revoked.
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 ground
- Hogs may be killed directly over the bait
- Permits may be issued for a period of six (6) months and may be renewed
- Any wild hog captured under an Animal Control Permit may not be transported live
- 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 entities.