Feral Hog Hunting in the Fort Hood Area of Texas

by Lisabeth Hughes, Demand Media

    Feral hogs are known for their aggressive nature, voracious appetite and resilience in nearly any environment. Feral hogs can grow to over 300 lbs. and possess large, razor-sharp tusks. The Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works (DPW) considers the animals to be among the most destructive, formidable wild beasts in the area, and encourages hunters to harvest them.

    Dangers

    Female hogs often travel in groups called sounders, consisting of two sows and young offspring in litters comprised of four to 12 piglets. All wild hogs are potentially dangerous. Use extreme caution when tracking, trapping and hunting female hogs with young, as the mother may become exceptionally aggressive. Males usually travel alone, joining a group only long enough to breed, but solitary hogs can be vicious, especially when wounded, due to their sharp tusks and agility.

    Hunting Regulations

    While feral hogs are not considered a game animal, the state of Texas does require hunters on Fort Hood to possess a valid Texas hunting license, Fort Hood permit, Area Access card and hunter education certificate. All firearms, including black powder and muzzle-loaders, must be registered at the Visitor's Center located at the main gate. The DPW requires hunters to bring harvested hogs to a check station for inspection, weighing and record-keeping during business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outside of business hours, hunters may register their harvest by completing papers located near a drop box next to the check station. Hunters may harvest an unlimited number of feral hogs.

    Trapping

    Trappers must possess a valid Texas trapper's license in addition to the documents required for hunting. Only live traps are authorized for use on Fort Hood. Traps must be clearly marked with the trapper's name, home address and Area Access permit number. Traps must be checked at least once every 36 hours.

    Restrictions

    Fort Hood requires hunters to obtain an Area Access Permit and register with the Sportsman's Center's automated Teletrac system by telephone prior to entering numbered training areas. Hunters must log out using the Teletrac system when finished hunting. Throughout the Fall General Season, hunters may only access guided areas on scheduled guided-hunt dates between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Hunters are allowed up to three permanent hunt stands on Fort Hood. Gear tags listing name, area and placement date must be attached to all permanent stands. Unguided hunters are allowed on Fort Hood outside the Fall General Season and must turn in 10-digit UTM grid coordinates showing permanent stands to the Sportsmen's Center, located at Rod and Gun Club Loop, 53rd Street and Murphy Road, Building 1937. Contact the Sportsmen's Center at (254) 532-4552.

    About the Author

    Lisabeth Hughes holds an Associate of Fine Arts from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a Bachelor of Arts in progress at Prescott College. Hughes began writing professionally as an assistant at First Rate Freelance in 1995. In 2009 she began to submit her own work and has now published numerous articles on various websites and in "Kush" magazine and two poetry anthologies.

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