The table of contents is as follows:. Feral hogs Sus scrofa are an old world species belonging to the family Suidae, and in Texas include European wild hogs, feral hogs, and European-feral crossbreeds. Feral hogs are domestic hogs that either escaped or were released for hunting purposes. With each generation, the hog's domestic characteristics diminish and they develop the traits needed for survival in the wild. Early Spanish explorers probably were the first to introduce hogs in Texas over years ago. As colonization increased, hog numbers subsequently increased.
Feral Hog Hunting Regulations by State
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Feral hogs have a gestation period of only days and reach sexual maturity in just 6 months. The population of this invasive species has the potential to triple in just 14 — 16 months and they have no natural predators. Texas has over 4 million wild hogs running rampant, and the population is in direct competition for resources and habitats against native wildlife including some endangered species. Ground nesting bird populations are especially at risk. Feral hogs destroy ecosystems by over foraging, destabilizing soil in wetland areas, and upsetting creek or stream beds by way of excessive rooting and wallowing.
Texas Feral Hog Problem
Many hogs were moved and re-released during this time to provide a supplemental species for hunting as their popularity increased as a game animal. Also, in Texas it is legal to supplementally feed wildlife and to that end, Texans feed approximately million pounds of corn alone to wildlife annually. Non-target species such as feral hogs and raccoons benefit greatly from the increase in nutrition this supplement provides and respond by producing more young with higher survival rates.
Below are the current laws and regulations regarding feral hog hunting by state. Please note that regulations are subject to change. View as list.