Hog Hunting

Nighttime is frequently the only time the older adult hogs are active, making them more difficult to hunt.

Feral hogs on the loose

On July 28, the Louisiana Departments of Agriculture and Forestry and Wildlife and Fisheries hosted a meeting in Mansura.

Topics included feral swine and chronic wasting disease in deer. As expected feral swine and LDAF’s new regulations concerning them were the main topic.

October 21, 2016 at 11:00am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, points out some of the advantages to using an over-under shotgun to pursue hogs on public land.

Double the barrel — Double the hog

Last year I found my wife’s forgotten Beretta 12-gauge over-and-under tucked away deep in the closet while searching through her old hunting gear from before we met. To a hunter like me, it was like finding buried treasure. 

September 28, 2016 at 4:38pm
A study by the LSU Ag Center's School of Renewable Natural Resources reveals feral hogs are spreading pathogens like E. coli and salmonellosis in water bodies in Central Louisiana.

LSU study links wild hogs' DNA to waterborne pathogens in Central Louisiana

Feral hogs have long been known as an invasive, disease-carrying scourge on the Louisiana landscape, wreaking havoc on agriculture, hunting leases and even other wildlife caught in their wake.

August 02, 2016 at 10:16am
Jake Blanchard (right), Tate Denise and lab Duke pose with a hog shot March 19, 2016 using a night vision scope in the marsh behind Avery Island.

Night-hunting is right for hogs

I remember the first time the destructive nature of wild hogs was driven home in my mind. It was some years back, and I was riding a four-wheeler down an old gravel road on Cat Island NWR when I came across some rootings.

June 01, 2016 at 7:00am
A proposal approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission would allow permit holders to take outlaw quadrupeds, as well as nutria and beaver, on private property at night during hunting season from Sept. 1 through the last day of February.

Proposal would allow nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds during hunting season

A proposal adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week would make it possible for landowners to take outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the regular hunting season — but only if they obtain a free permit first.

May 12, 2016 at 11:19am
The author's grandson, 6-year-old Baylor Allen, enjoys fishing for catfish, drum, redfish and whatever else happens to be biting.

Public Rambling: Hog season wrap-up

Hog season has come and gone on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA, and only one more hog was taken by rifle since my last column, when I shot a 75-pounder during the final week of the season. 

April 06, 2016 at 10:50am
Ricky Aucoin hasn't seen too many deer yet at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA, but he did manage to stick a nice hog with a 20-yard shot in thick grass.

Public Rambling: Atchafalaya Delta WMA yields exciting hog hunt

The eagerly awaited bow season has begun, and I have already made several hunts down at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.

October 26, 2015 at 2:05pm
Jason Mire, 40, of Crowley, poses with the 549-pound hog he shot near Egan on the morning of Sept. 30. The big pig, which eluded Mire and his brother for almost six weeks, had 4 ¼-inch long tusks and was eating about 100 pounds of corn every four days.

Crowley hunter downs 549-pound wild hog in Acadia Parish

Jason Mire installed a new box stand this summer so he could bow hunt on his lease near Egan, and started putting out corn early in August in anticipation of Area 10’s season opener on Sept. 19.

October 06, 2015 at 9:00am
Shooting feral hogs helps manage their populations and provides great table fare, but it's important to take precautions against diseases when handling the carcasses and raw meat.

Top 6 tips to safely clean feral hogs

Feral hogs can carry a number of diseases, some of which can be contracted by humans. And at least one of those nasty bacterial infections can be fatal.

But cleaning and consuming feral hogs can be done safely, as long as you take some commonsense steeps to prevent contamination.

Here are the top 6 ways to safely handle feral hogs:

September 23, 2015 at 10:12am
Feral hogs are carriers of several diseases, some of which can be contracted by humans and other animals. So it's important to take safety precautions when handling the carcasses and raw meat.

6 feral hog diseases humans can contract

Feral hogs are everywhere these days, so deer hunters are bound to run across them during time afield. And putting some of the pigs down is a great way to manage their burgeoning populations, which can cause habitat problems.

In fact, most biologists encourage hunters to shoot every hog possible.

But there are some potential health concerns when handling hogs, according to the Summer 2015 edition of Louisiana Wildlife Insider.

September 23, 2015 at 10:04am
Marshal Travis and his 5-year-old daughter, Kari, pose with the giant wild hog he shot Monday night on 60 acres of private property near Kentwood. Travis killed the boar with one shot from his .300 Weatherby Magnum at 30 yards.

Kentwood man downs 350-pound-plus wild hog — from his lawn chair

While Marshal Travis sat in a lawn chair Monday night waiting patiently for a giant wild hog he’d seen on his trail cam, the 29-year-old Kentwood resident was having some second thoughts on his game plan for the evening.

August 06, 2015 at 8:34am
The Apex Predator shot this 350-pound hog on Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge two years ago. The statewide Hog Wash Tournament gets underway Sept. 20 and runs through Aug. 31, 2016.

Apex Predator: Year-long Hog Wash Tournament starts Sept. 20

If you like hog hunting, eating pork and competing in tournaments, great news: Louisiana’s first year-long hog tournament begins soon. 

July 21, 2015 at 4:09pm
The author shot this wild hog on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area by stalking it to get close enough for a good kill shot.

Public Rambling: Season recap on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Hey guys, sorry this season follow up is so late, but we experienced some technical difficulties that are in the process of being resolved. 

The deer and hog season was pretty successful for us — we killed a total of 10 deer in my group, which consisted of me, Randy Levingston, David Simoneaux and Casey Louis. 

May 18, 2015 at 1:49pm
It would be illegal to transport wild hogs in Louisiana without first securing a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries if HB 288, sponsored by Rep. Major Thibaut, passes during the current legislative session.

Pending legislation would require LDWF permit to transport feral hogs in Louisiana

A bill that would require a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to transport live feral hogs goes before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment in Baton Rouge next week.

April 30, 2015 at 6:50pm