There’s a lot of free private land available and you can check the Internet for clues. The first sites to visit are those of game and fish departments, agricultural departments, state farm bureaus and state soil conservation services. These folks hear complaints about feral hogs from landowners and farmers all the time, and might be the gateway to a great hog hunt in early fall.
On private or public land, the opportunities to go after a tusker trophy to hang over the door, or just to stock up on the other white meat, are abundant. Below are some Southern states you might want to explore. Remember, wherever there is a wildlife management area or national wildlife refuge with the porcine predators running wild, there are private lands surrounding them whose owners likely will welcome respectful hunters.
There are currently 17 wildlife management areas that support hog hunting. In southwest Alabama, the best opportunities are found in the Upper Delta, Mobile-Tensaw Delta, and the W.L. Holland wildlife management areas. Scotch, Frank W. and Rob M. Boykin WMAs have smaller populations. Southeast Alabama has small hog populations on Blue Springs and Covington WMAs. Farther north, try Lowndes WMA south of Montgomery. Freedom Hills, Seven-mile Island, and the Black Warrior WMAs are tops in the northwest corner of the state. In the northeast, check out James D. Martin-Skyline, Little River and Choccolocco WMAs. Visit outdooralabama.com for more info.
Thanks to the original seed stock brought into Florida by the Spanish explorers, the state has more feral hogs than it knows what to do with. Wild hogs can be hunted year-round on private land and there is no limit on how many you can take. On wildlife management areas, hunting hogs is restricted to certain dates and seasons. The Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area (564,000 acres) in Franklin, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla counties is part of the vast Apalachicola National Forest and offers good hog hunting. The Apalachicola Bradwell Unit (1,420 acres) along the Ochlockonee River hosts old-fashioned Hog Management Dog Hunts and Hog Management Still Hunts on select weekends from May through September. These require a quota-hunt permit. Aucilla WMA in Jefferson and Taylor counties is another popular destination. There are millions of acres of public hunting land in Florida and virtually any wildlife management area, federally managed land, or paper company land have at least fair numbers of wild hogs. Visit myfwc.com for more info.