Hog Seasons

Tennessee does not have a statewide hunting season for wild hogs. However, hogs can be legally killed on private lands throughout the state, year-round, provided certain measures are taken. Landowners can shoot wild hogs themselves and trap with bait outside of big game seasons. They can also obtain an exemption from their regional TWRA office that allows them to kill wild hogs at night with the aid of lights. The wild hog eradication permits covers all family members and tenants, as well as up to 10 additional designees that can be selected by landowners (more designees can be added for parcels of property larger than 1,000 acres). 

Big game hunts

On public land, hogs can be legally hunted during deer season in several areas as part of TWRA’s efforts to eradicate the pig populations. 

These include: Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park and Big Hill Pond State Park (south of the railroad tracks) in West Tennessee. In East and Middle Tennessee, it includes Alpine Mountain WMA, Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness WMA, Catoosa WMA, Skinner Mountain WMA, Standing Stone State Forest, and Tellico Lake WMA.

On North Cherokee WMA and South Cherokee WMA, hogs can be hunted during any big game hunt, and at Kyker Bottoms Refuge, they can be taken during any deer or turkey hunt.

Any season hunts

On the Foothills WMA and North Cumberland WMA, wild hogs can be harvested during any hunt, small game or big game.

Dog hunts

There are two five-day hog hunts during which the use of dogs are permitted on Catoosa WMA. There is one three-day hunt during which the use of dogs are permitted on Skinner Mountain WMA.

Special hunt

On the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, there is a wild hog hunting season that coincides with the statewide deer seasons. It also continues after deer season, through the month of February. A special permit ($5) must be purchased from the National Park Service.