Hog trapping season begins on the first day following the close of the state general hunting season and lasts until the beginning of the following fall hunting season.
- Permittees may set 1 hog trap and 1 bait feeder to take only feral hogs. Traps must be either "box" or "corral" style that are free-standing and do not require installation of posts or stakes. Traps and bait feeders may not be attached to trees.
- Baits are restricted to corn and sour corn.
- Permittees may use ATVs/UTVs only on designated firebreaks and pipeline and powerline right-of-ways in accordance with state law.
- Hog trappers must report trap locations to the Big Thicket National Preserve Biologist or Biological Science Technician each time the trap is relocated.
- Hog traps must be at least 1,000 feet from trails, day-use areas, parking areas, houses, boat ramps, cemeteries, and buildings.
- Hog trappers must be prepared to move traps within 24 hours of notification of prescribed burns.
- Hog traps must have a metal Big Thicket Hog Trapping Tag at all times.
- Bait feeders must be located within 30 feet of hog traps.
- Traps must be checked at least once every 24 hours.
- Hogs must not remain in traps for greater than 24 hours before being dispatched.
- Hog must be dispatched with a firearn while within traps.
- Hog carcasses must be promptly removed from the preserve.
- Animals other than hogs that are caught in traps must be immediately released and must be reported this to Big Thicket National Preserve or a Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden.
- To obtain a hog trapping permit, trappers must apply during the registration period. The "Hog Trapper's Report" must be returned by Nov 1, 2019, or the trapper will be disqualified from obtaining a permit the following year.
- Trappers must have a valid state of Texas hunting license.
Certain activities are prohibited while trapping hogs in the preserve.