Feral Hog Trapping Guide and Regulations


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.

Legal Methods

  • 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.

Prohibited Activities

Certain activities are prohibited while trapping hogs in the preserve.

Last updated: August 6, 2019

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