Feral Hog Transportation Regulations in Texas

Feral Hogs November 06, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Figure 1.  Feral hog being transported on a trailer.   Photo by Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The movement of feral hogs, holding facilities, and release on hunting preserves is regulated by the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issues and requires hunting lease permits for hunting preserves.  The movement of live feral hogs is regulated differently for females and males. 

Female Feral Hogs

Female (sow and gilt) feral hogs may not be transported and released onto another property; because of their high reproductive capabilities they should be removed from the population.  Female feral hogs may be held for up to seven days in an escape-proof pen or trailer.  In addition, they can be taken directly to slaughter or sold to an approved holding facility, who then takes them to slaughter.  The TAHC website provides a list of approved holding facilities in Texas.

Male Feral Hogs

Male (boars and barrows) feral hogs may also be be held for up to seven days in an escape-proof pen or trailer.  From there, they can be sold to a slaughter facility, approved holding facility, or authorized hunting preserve.  After purchasing feral hogs an approved holding facility transports them to a slaughter facility or to an authorized hunting preserve.  This is the key difference in transporting feral hogs, only males may be transported to an authorized hunting preserve.

Authorized hunting preserves must be inspected by TAHC field inspectors and fencing determined to be swine-proof.  In addition, all released male feral hogs must be individually identified using a form of official identification including ear marks, brands, tattoos, or electronic devices prior to release on the hunting preserve.  For other non-traditional forms of identification contact the TAHC.  The TAHC also periodically inspects authorized hunting preserves.

For more information read this publication: "Feral Hog Transportation Regulations."

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