The Southwest Florida Water Management District has organized a new series of Hog hunts during the upcoming 2016-2017 season.
Wild hogs are a non-native species can have a negative impact on our preservation lands. This includes:
- Preying on native wildlife, competing with native species for food and transmitting diseases to other wildlife, livestock and humans.
- Damage with their broad snouts can leave an area looking like a plowed field.
- Wild boars may facilitate the spread of exotic plant species by transporting seeds and/or providing germination sites through rooting.
This Feral Hog Dog Hunt Incentive Program is put together to reduce the wild hog population or to at least keep it within manageable numbers on District lands.
The District will temporarily close these hunting areas to the public during the hunt on these wild animals, when only permitted hunters are allowed access.
A three-phase hunting system is used and prospective hunters can purchase permits for Phase I beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 3 on the District’s Hoghunts.Watermatters.org website. Permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until they are sold out. The cost is $75 for each permit.
Much more information and permits are available online.