How To Hunt Wild Boar In Iowa

Iowa Wild Pig Habitat

Resident License: Yes, $19 + habitat fee of $13 on public land

Non-Resident License: Yes, $32 + habitat fee of $13 on public land

Resident Tag Fee: No Tag Required

Non-Resident Tag Fee: No Tag Required

Limit: No Limit

Season: Unregulated

Legal Method of Take: Any, including spears and knives to take wild boar in Iowa

Dogs: Yes

Night Time Hunting: Yes, but no artificial light is permitted, however night-vision is authorized to be used to take wild hogs at night in Iowa.

Baiting: Yes, on private land only.

Trapping: Yes, on private land only

Summary: Iowa requires that you be licensed to hunt/take feral hogs. This license requirement includes small game license and habitat fee tags or other special permits are required. You can hunt hogs at night..however you cannot use artificial light to hunt them (night vision scopes are allowed). You can use trailing hounds to hunt hogs day or night. Any legal firearm would be legal for hunting/taking hogs, and in addition any archery methods; knives, spears or sharp sticks can be used to take hogs. You can bait hogs on private land..not on public land. You can trap hogs on private land but they cannot leave the pen alive..all hogs trapped must be killed and not transported live from the enclosure.

Iowa has a very small population of feral hogs at this point and most Wild Boar are found  in SW, SE and NE Iowa locations. Most hogs are found/killed by hunters incidental to hunting other game species ie-deer or turkey etc.



Iowa Department Of Natural Resources

Feral Swine Mapping System Iowa

Wild Boar Hunting Store

2012-2013 Iowa Hunting Regulations