Feral Swine (Wild Boar) Hunting
All Feral swine are a non-native, invasive species that pose great risks to Ohio’s agricultural and natural resources. Feral swine are also known as wild boar, feral hogs, and feral pigs. Feral swine can do extensive damage to the forest habitat in a short amount of time, and compete with native wildlife species like wild turkey and deer. Responsible hunters will serve a key role in eradicating this nuisance from the state. Ohio hunters are encouraged to kill feral swine in areas where they have permission to hunt.
Intentionally releasing feral swine is illegal and contradictory to the actions of true sportsmen and women. Similarly, selectively killing males, or leaving others to breed, are the actions of an irresponsible hunter and are not condoned. State and federal wildlife managers are working diligently to eradicate this highly destructive pest from the state. Hunters are encouraged to report all sightings to the Ohio Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feral swine are highly mobile disease reservoirs. They can carry up to 30 significant diseases and a minimum of 37 parasites that can affect people, pets, livestock, and wildlife. For this reason, those in contact with feral swine are encouraged to wear rubber gloves when handling the animals, properly clean and disinfect all butchering utensils, and cook the meat to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
No daily bag limit. If hunted during the deer gun season, hours and legal hunting devices are the same as for deer gun season. However, hunting feral swine between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise is prohibited during any of the deer gun and muzzleloader seasons.
It is unlawful to possess slugs while hunting feral swine during the youth deer gun season, except properly licensed youth hunters with a valid deer permit may hunt deer, feral swine, or coyote using any gun or ammunition legal for deer.
Persons hunting coyote or feral swine during the antlerless muzzleloader season, the youth deer gun season, the deer gun season, and deer muzzleloader season must possess a valid hunting license and deer permit with the tag attached and must be using a gun and ammunition legal for deer hunting during that season.
Hunter orange must be worn while hunting feral swine during the antlerless muzzleloader season, the youth deer gun season, deer gun season, and muzzleloader deer season.
Feral swine may be hunted over bait. However, it shall be unlawful for any person to distribute, place, or scatter salt, grain or other feed capable of luring, enticing, or attracting birds on lands owned, controlled, or maintained by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, including those lands managed by the division by virtue of a lease or an agreement. You may use dogs to hunt feral swine.
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