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    DNR message about hogs

    Wild hogs pose environmental threat; following the law will help control them


    In order to help control and reduce environmentally destructive wild hog populations in Indiana, regulations were passed by the Indiana Natural Resource Commission in November 2010. The regulations include the following:

    * It is illegal for a person to import or possess a live wild hog in Indiana, except under stringent exemptions.
    * Resident landowners or other individuals with written permission can take (capture or shoot) wild hogs on the landowner's property at any time without a permit.
    * The regulation removes the ability for giving economic or any other type of compensation for providing recreational opportunities to hunt wild hogs and requires captured wild hogs to be killed immediately or transported, in a container of sufficient strength preventing escape, to where they will be killed immediately.


    "Wild hogs" are called many different names such as wild pigs, wild boar or feral pigs. The names all refer to non-native swine and various hybrids that have either been illegally released or were formerly domestic pigs that were allowed to become feral. They pose problems in many states, including Indiana.


    The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH), is working with landowners impacted by wild hogs by providing technical information to control wild hog populations.


    The DNR, BOAH, and USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services; however, as policy, do not provide information on where to hunt wild hogs in Indiana. This practice is part of the DNR's cooperative work with landowners.
    To help control this environmental threat, if you see feral or wild hogs, report the approximate location and number of hogs observed by contacting one of the following:

    * USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, (765) 404-0382; joe.n.caudell@aphis.usda.gov
    * DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, dfw@dnr.IN.gov
    * BOAH at (877) 747-3038; animalhealth@boah.IN.gov
    * Individuals observing the illegal possession, importation, or release of wild hogs should contact DNR Law Enforcement at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.


    Wild hogs cause extensive damage to agricultural crops, are a source of disease for domestic livestock, and will prey on young livestock and small animals. Wild hogs may carry a number of diseases that can also infect people, and contaminate human food sources and water supplies. Wild hogs have also been known to destroyed residential lawns, landscaping, golf courses, and rural cemeteries.


    Wild hogs also threaten native wildlife and their habitats.

    * They eat the eggs and young of ground nesting animals, including many songbirds, quail, wild turkey, and rabbits.
    * They destroy wetlands and water resources, including amphibian and reptile habitat.
    * Their habit of rooting causes serious damage to habitat management practices to develop nesting cover and annual food plots.
    * Their rooting and wallowing destroys native plants, flowers, and mushrooms.

    A coordinated effort will help control this environmental threat.

    More information: Steve Backs, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, (812) 849-4586, sbacks@dnr.in.gov.

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    Where are they being spotted mostly? I haven't seen any around me.
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    i have heard of wild ones being spotted down near the ohio.. I have seen loose ones up in Fountain county..
    a lot of this is the legal framework to keep Indiana from having a problem..
    this is to get the word out that if you do spot hogs on your land, you can go ahead and kill them...

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    Who's seen hogs!!!

    Now THAT would be a location for an NFA day...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkRose View Post
    Who's seen hogs!!!

    Now THAT would be a location for an NFA day...

    +1 million to that!

    Heck, I'd be happy to just be along to watch!

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    Kill em all. Let God sort em out.
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    That's awesome. It looks and sounds like they are mostly in the southern part of the state - around 50-75 miles from the KY border. I can't find any accurate maps/projections online, but it's totally feasible that (in rural areas) they are spreading fairly quickly. I've heard from some farmers around Montgomery/Washington area that they think there are loose feral hogs around there.
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    I live, almost literally, a stones throw from the Ohio River (my arm is not what it used to be), and have a lot of wooded DNR land right here by the house, and have not yet seen any hogs. I see just about any other kind of wildlife, but no hogs. Bad thing is, I would not be able to shoot any of them, because I'm inside town limits. I would love to get in on a hog hunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by throttletony View Post
    That's awesome. It looks and sounds like they are mostly in the southern part of the state - around 50-75 miles from the KY border. I can't find any accurate maps/projections online, but it's totally feasible that (in rural areas) they are spreading fairly quickly. I've heard from some farmers around Montgomery/Washington area that they think there are loose feral hogs around there.

    I have yet to see any here or down around my Moms in the sticks of Patoka Lake.


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