The population of wild hogs in Florida is second only to Texas, and they inhabit all 67 of Florida's counties, across a range of habitats. Hogs are the second-most popular game animal in Florida behind white-tailed deer, and about 100,000 hogs are harvested every year. Florida has many wildlife-management areas, and at certain times of year and under certain conditions, hunters are allowed to hunt hogs in the state. These are opportunities to collect a trophy boar.
Wildlife Management Areas
Wildlife management areas -- or WMAs -- in Florida are classified into five different areas. At the time of publication, the northwest has 38 WMAs, the north-central region has 47, northeast has 38, southwest has 21 and south has 15. Many of these areas allow hog hunting, including limited-entry and quota-hunt programs. Hogs may be taken during most seasons except for spring-turkey season. During archery season, a bow must be used, and during muzzle-loading gun season, only a muzzle-loader can be used.
Best Hog Hunting WMAs
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (myfwc.com) can provide information on the best WMAs to hunt hogs. In the northwest region, Aucilla, Blackwater and Hutton Unit are good; the north-central's best management areas are Andrews, Flying Eagle and several Big Bend Units. In the northeast, Tosohatchee is the best hog area where you can use dogs, while Three Lakes typically has the most number of hogs. In the southwest region, Green Swamp has the largest harvest each year, and in the south, Dinner Island Ranch is the top pick.
To hunt hogs in Florida management areas you need a valid Florida hunting license as well as a management-area permit. You can purchase your hunting license and permits online. Each WMA that offers hog hunting allocates a specific number of tags each year, and permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. If for example an area sets a quota of 750, once 750 hunters have purchased a hog-hunting permit, no more will be sold until the following year.
Each management area can have different regulations; some have a minimum-size limit on what you can shoot and others apply daily bag limits. Every WMA has an area-regulations brochure with maps of the area and the specific regulations that apply. These can be downloaded from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's hunting website (myfwc.com/hunting/wma-brochures), or collected from county tax collectors' offices that are in close proximity to the area.
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