Hog hunting in Florida?

by Jennifer
(Jacksonville, FL)

January 27, 2012, QUESTION: What permits will I need? Where can I hunt on public lands year round? Which gender
can I take?

ANSWER: On wildlife management areas (WMAs), hogs may be taken during most hunting seasons, except spring turkey. But, if it's during archery season, you must use a bow - during muzzleloading gun season, you can only use a muzzleloader. And, you do need a hunting license as well as management area permit and any other necessary permits to hunt wild pigs on WMAs - where on some, daily bag limits on wild pigs do apply, and on a few, there's even a minimum size limit on what you can take.

It's best to look at the information pertaining to whichever WMA you want to hunt to find out what applies. My website has information regarding public hunting land in Florida. You can find all wildlife management area brochures here.

You will need a Florida hunting license and WMA permit to hunt on public land. Click here for license information.

In addition to hunting on WMAs during regular hunting season, Florida's Limited Entry/Quota Hunt Programs offer quality public hunting opportunities and prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas.
Click here for more information regarding
limited entry/quota hunts and how to apply.

And just as a side note for your information, wild pigs may be hunted year round on private property with landowner permission, using rifles, shotguns, crossbows, bows or pistols. There is no size or bag limit, and you may harvest either sex. Also, no hunting license is required.

Happy Hunting!

Kenny Presnell

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