New York

How To Hunt Wild Boar In New York

Tioga River, New York

Resident License: Small Game Hunting License

Non-Resident License: Small Game Hunting License

Resident Tag Fee: No tag required

Non-Resident Tag Fee: No Tag Required

Limit: No Limit

Season: Unregulated

Legal Method of Take: Any weapon is legal to take hogs in New York, including spears, knives, shotguns, crossbows, rifles, and archery equipment. You must adhere to big game season methods of take while in that season.

Dogs: Yes

Night Time Hunting: Yes

Baiting: There is no baiting allowed on private or public land in New York.

Locations: Currently, there is breeding wild boar populations in Tioga, Cortland and Onondaga counties

Tioga County, New York has a population of Wild Boar

Summary: New York is not a place you would consider wild boar hunting, but just as most states are having difficulty controlling wild hog populations, New York is no different. The New York DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) is not interested in promoting or encouraging hog hunting. Having said that, New York has no set regulations for hunting hogs, which they say will be under consideration to change and make more laws to restrict hog hunting in the future. As for right now, the only restrictions are that you may not bait feral hogs as they may attract and feed other game animals, and you must possess a small game hunting license. You may hunt hogs at night in New York and use any weapon you want unless you are hunting in big game season, in which you must use the method of take for that season.

New York state does ask that you report your sighting and information, but that is not a law. I’m sure New York officials would be all over that information trying to eradicate the wild boar in that area reported, so use your judgment, and morals if reporting feral swine.


New York City Feral Hog Page

New York Department Of Environmental Conservation

6 Responses to New York

  1. Brittius says:

    Thank you, Greg. Just got back on your page. Been busy on my little blog:, dealing with all of the gun grabbing crap of the Cuomo Fatwa. Regarding the feral hogs, the DEC was on the phone with me and they were close to pathetic, trying to make the hogs sound like a diseased lot. From the one I got in Tioga, Pa., a friend only wanted the mount, he gave me the meat (210 lbs.) and it was all delicious. Soaked it overnight in a marinade and onto the barbeque. I felt like Forest Gump: Roast Hog, Hog Ribs, Hog Cutlets, Hog Stew, Hog Cops, Loin of Hog, Hog Samich, no matter how I cooked it, it always taste like hog. Best meat I ever ate!
    Years ago, I sold a place in Schoharie, 248 acres. Have been looking at a little place in Montgomery County until that SAFE Act was schemed up. Now I’m looking at Florida.
    NYSDEC said there is no bounty on game animals in NYS, and I said the hogs aren’t game animals, they’re invasive. There was only silence on the other end of the phone. They were not helpful when I asked about DEC Management Areas they know of that had hogs running around. I did figure that DEC wanted to keep people from hunting the hogs with all of the scare tactics and they were not straight up front when I asked about recent post mortems that were documented. Just a lot of vague talk. They said the feral hogs only reach about 40 to 60 lbs., due to the cold weather. I told DEC that in Europe, hogs grow over a thousand pounds and are stronger because of the cold weather. On the other side of the phone, I only heard crickets.
    Thank you, again.

    • Brittius says:

      Made a typo error. HOG CHOPS, not hog cops. Sorry, that is another story, and truthful. I am a direct descendant of the Roman General Brittius, of the Imperial Roman Army. He took over Julius Caesar’s Tenth Legion, two hundred years after Julius Caesar. The mascot was a wild boar. It meant, if the legion knocked you down, you were in it’s food chain. That is really how police got the nickname. If they knock you down, you are in their food chain. I simply made an honest mistake typing.

  2. Rachel Anne says:

    There is are many confirmed kills by one 3rd generation farmer in Hancock New York. Many sightings in Jeffersonville and Oxford. I’ve been researching for a while. I wanna go out and hunt them. There are sightings of them in Delaware, Sullivan, Tioga, and many other counties. Being a 19 year old girl I’m an avid hunter and I keep tabs on species I dream of hunting 🙂

    • Greg The Boar Hunter says:

      That’s great information. Yea, nobody really thinks of New York as a hog hunting state. Good luck hunting Rachel! Let us know how your hunt goes.

  3. Brittius says:

    I heard of this feral hog report but could not believe it. What the Internet posts, I tend to dismiss as fabricated and untrustworthy however, NYSDEC has information posted concerning this very matter.
    Should any landowner south of Albany need a hog hunter, I would consider, contingent upon factors of time I could spare, funds available on hand to make the trip, Letter of Permission to Hunt, notarized, and so forth.
    Has there been any confirmed kills in New York State? What diseases and parasites have actually been determined through pathological post mortem examination of the feral hogs in New York State, that have been verified?
    I am very interested.

    • Greg The Boar Hunter says:


      The DEC is not equipped to handle the wild hog population that is exploding in New York right now. Actual areas of hog presence can be found near riparian environments around water sources. The DEC would rather you just report the sighting, and does not want to promote the existence of feral hogs in the state, or that it condones hog hunting. All the information I gathered, took time, and several back and forth inquiries to get the correct information on the regulations of wild boar hunting in the state. On the other question as to the diseases that are allegedly coming from feral hogs… Well, the USDA is behind that baloney, as they are afraid of the potential spread of disease to a multi billion dollar pork industry. There ahve been a few cases of documented pseudorabies, but that can be found in all wildlife. With safe handling procedures, using gloves, and thoroughly cooking your meat, you have very little to no chance of contracting any disease or parasites. Now, I’m not saying feral hogs are anything to take with a grain of salt, they will reproduce faster than the DEC realizes, but the state has no budget to perform an eradication effort, which is futile anyways. With proper education to hunters and working with the DEC on managing the wild pig population, everyone wins. You really don’t need a notary for private land permission, just the signed letter for the time duration of your hunt. The hard part is getting the actual permission to hunt on their property, which the DEC needs as well to trap and euthanize these animals. Try contacting a few land owners in your area, and ask if they have had feral hogs on their property, offer to share the meat, and I always believe a good bottle of scotch or nice wine make a decent offering for the chance to get a hog. Can’t tell you anything about confirmed kills, just that there are feral hogs in the state breeding in the wild.

      Thanks for commenting on my page. I hope I have helped you out in some way.Happy Hunting Sir!

      Follow the Water,

      Greg “The Boar Hunter”