Nevada Specific Pig Hunting Regulations
Resident Hunting License: Illegal to hunt feral hogs in Nevada(2012)
Non-Resident Hunting License: Illegal to hunt feral hogs in Nevada(2012)
Season: No Season
Resident Tag Fee: Not required
Non-Resident Tag Fee: Not required
Legal Method of Take: None
Night Hunting: No
Wild hogs are not considered to be a game animal in Nevada. Although feral hogs are not regulated by The Nevada Department of Wildlife, they are considered property of the State, and are controlled by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
During an interview with a senior biologist from the Department of Agriculture, it was found that hunting, trapping, or removing the feral hogs is illegal and could be considered grand larceny. The department considers the feral pigs as “Estray” livestock. You can read more detailed legislature on Nevada’s Department of Agriculture page.
Feral pigs are not really established in Nevada. The only areas that Nevada is aware of having small pockets of feral pigs, are in Paradise Valley and the Mesquite area, with some extension along the river. During 2011, feral hogs caused a reported $4,000 in damage, mostly to hayfields (as reported to the Department of Agriculture office). Something important to point out, is that pigs (feral or not) require suitable habitat. Heat and drought are not conducive for their emigration/immigration, as such, not many feral hogs are considered to be residing in Nevada according to the Department.
After speaking with a US Forest Service biologist in Humboldt County, NV, they had conflicting information concerning feral pigs, considering them to be unprotected on federal land, and not needing permission to hunt them… Although, they have no wild pigs reported in Humboldt National Forest.
There was another report stating that there was a feral population that was accidentally released by a farmer in Nevada that was sponsoring big game hunts for the pigs, but that has not been confirmed and is just a rumor.
All in all, wild pig hunting in Nevada seems to be a fruitless endeavor. With other States having a healthy population of feral swine, (with full support from the state to hunt them) it seems a better choice to avoid the state altogether at this time. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future.
Nevada Department of Agriculture at 775-353-3600.
Nevada Department of Wildlife 928-856-0724