Indiana

Wild Boar Hunting In Indiana

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Resident License: No license required to take wild hogs on private lands. Hog hunting or trapping is NOT allowed on public lands by land management agency policy. Most land management agencies, as a general rule or policy, are not allowing the hunting of wild hogs. You must have written permission from the landowner to hunt wild hogs.

Non-Resident License: None needed

Resident Tag Fee: No tag required

Non-Resident Tag Fee: No Tag Required

Limit: No Limit

Season: Hog hunting or trapping is NOT allowed on public lands by land management agency policy. There is no season, as wild boar is not considered a game animal in Indiana.

Legal Method of Take: There are no DNR restrictions on hunting equipment used to hunt wild hogs; wild hogs trapped or snared must be killed immediately as per regulation, no live possession allowed. You may hunt with any weapon including a spear, rifle, bow, knife, etc.

Dogs: Yes, on private land you may hunt wild boar in Indiana. You may hunt with dogs at night as well.

Night Time Hunting: Yes, on private land only to hunt wild pig.

Baiting: You can bait wild hogs on private land, however no other game hunting is legal in the baited area in Indiana.

Trapping: Indiana requires that wild hogs trapped or snared must be killed immediately as per regulation, no live possession allowed. Trapping or snaring is only legal on private land.

Locations: Small populations of wild boar can be found around Evansville and Southern Indiana. Populations of wild boar are migrating over the border from Kentucky. The IDNR will not release information about where wild boar are seen or where you can hunt them, as they do not want to promote wild pig hunting in the state.

Summary: 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued the following statement about wild boar hunting:

“While we have received numerous requests from hunters wanting information on where they can hunt feral hogs, no landowners with a hog problem have contacted us to request assistance from outside hunters.  Many of these landowners feel quite the opposite and do not want to legitimize or promote the existence of feral hogs or any potential recreation associated with them on their properties.  The wild hog problem is being addressed directly by the impacted landowners themselves or by cooperatively working with the USDA/IDNR in trapping groups of wild hog, the most effective way to control wild hog numbers or through landowners shooting individual wild hogs on their own property.  The removal of individual hogs by recreational hog hunting is not as effective as trapping entire family/social groups and is generally counterproductive to successful trapping efforts.  The impacted landowners are rather adamant that the IDNR not encourage or promote hog hunting opportunities on their lands thus we do not provide information on the locations of wild hogs in Indiana.”

“The importation of wild hogs across state lines is a Class D felony with severe penalties.  Possession of a live wild hog is illegal by Indiana Code 312 IAC 9-3-18.5.  Wild hogs have damaged crops and fields of local landowners, pose a potential disease threat to domestic livestock, and also pose a serious threat to native wildlife and habitat.”

“The IDNR has no interest in promoting the existence of these destructive, invasive, non-native species or any associated recreational opportunities that might arise from their occurrence in Indiana.”

“Wild hog control will generally be conducted through trapping and selective shooting by natural resource personnel in cooperation with the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services or some other suitable contractual animal control entity.  Allowing the hunting of wild hogs on public lands would only encourage illegal releases of wild hogs and the IDNR is not interested in encouraging or promoting the existence of wild hogs or any other non-native, invasive species or vermin.”

Resources:

Indiana IDNR Wild Boar Page

National Feral Swine Mapping System

Wild Boar Hunting Resource Page