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Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-569-9778
In response to the new regulations concerning hog hunting recently announced by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Big South Fork Superintendent Niki Nicholas is announcing the policy for Big South Fork NRRA dealing with hog hunting. The hog hunting season will extend from September 24, 2011, until February 29, 2012. The required National Park Service issued hog hunting permit will cover this extended use period. The permit is valid in both the Tennessee and Kentucky portions of the park. Permits, which remain $5.00, may be purchased at park visitor centers and from local vendors. In addition to the park permit, a valid hunting license issued by the state where hunting will take place is required.
Big South Fork is pleased to continue to allow hunting of wild hogs. Regulations concerning the hunting of hogs remain the same as in past years. Hunters must still comply with state regulations pertaining to big game hunting. Hunters are reminded that safety zones throughout the park continue to be in effect. Persons wishing to plan a hunting trip within Big South Fork are encouraged to contact the park visitor centers if they have any questions about the change in the hog hunting season or other hunting related questions. The Bandy Creek Visitor Center in Tennessee may be reached by calling (423) 286-7275. The Stearns Visitor Center in Kentucky may be reached by calling (606) 376-5073.