New Texas Feral Hog Law Starts 9/1

New law allows hunting feral hogs without a license

Any person with the consent of the landowner may take feral hogs without a state hunting license, thanks to a new law signed recently by Gov. Greg Abbott.

SB 317 by State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), supported by Texas Farm Bureau (TFB), amends current law by removing the requirement that feral hogs must be causing damage on a landowner’s property in order to be hunted without a license.

The new law takes effect Sept. 1.

“This bill, although a small step, gives landowners some ammunition in the ongoing battle against the growing feral hog population,” Tracy Tomascik, TFB associate director of Commodity and Regulatory Activities, said.

Feral hogs cause millions of dollars in damage to crops and private property, as well as spread E. coli.

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