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Is there any truth to the rumor there are feral/wild hogs being hunted out towards the Mississippi River? I know there are canned hunts available in the UP of Michigan.

Any info out there?

Will this be another way for our DNR to make money?

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The Wisconsin DNR has adopted the position that feral pigs are exotic, non-native wild animals that pose significant threats to both the environment and to agricultural operations. The Department promotes aggressive removal anywhere feral pigs are reported. Feral pigs are considered unprotected wild animals with no closed season or harvest limit.[/color] Feral pigs may be removed any time throughout the year as long as those choosing to pursue them possess a valid small game license and the permission of the landowner where they intend to hunt. Also, landowners may shoot feral pigs on their own property without a hunting license, under DNR's animal nuisance control authority. It is illegal to operate a captive feral pig hunting facility in the state of Wisconsin. It is also illegal to stock feral pigs for hunting purposes or to release hogs into the wild.


Here is a map showing previous sightings and or killings....

http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/Images/Publ/factsheets/pig/WisconsinFeralPigMap.pdf
 

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They also caution to know what your shooting as if you shoot some ones farm pig that got loose thinking it is feral you will be liable for that pig so it if is close to farm buildings I would not take a chance unless you can tell that it is a wild pig. If it is out in the sticks then I would think you would be Ok.
 

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Good point, jh45gun

From what I understand, the feral pigs have more hair than domestic pigs. Their hair is coarse with long bristles

Feral pig from crawford county...

One from Eau Claire county
 

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Sounds like I should start hanging around the hog hunting forum a bit.

And watching for signs and talking to the farmers that let my friends and I hunt geese.

If these hogs go unchecked, will they become an issue? Is there a plan within the DNR to combat the feral hogs? Other than calling them an exotic non-native species.

What do they eat? Will they compete with deer and turkeys and whatnot
? I'm sorry, I'm a bit ignorant of feral hog biology which is the first key in hunting them with any success.

Thanks for the info so far. My PDF viewer is kaput. Is there another way to acces this file?


Thanks for all the info so far.


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Not much you can do with PDF files to copy them right. What is wrong with your viewer? You should be able to download a new updated version for free on the net by doing a Adobe search.
 

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I have been bowhunting the Mack Wild life area near Shiocton, following sightings of pigs there. They must fly, :-D haven't seen a track a rub, a wallow, nothing. :D Mosquitoes are as big as bluejays though!! :roll:
 
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