large round metal pen with herd of dark-colored hogs inside
Feral hogs in a pen

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Feral Hog Trapping

Big Thicket National Preserve issues free permits for the public to trap feral hogs in the preserve. A permit allows trappers to set 2 hog traps per year within designated areas in the preserve.

Hog trapping season begins on the first Monday in February and ends on September 30.

Get Your Permit

Trappers can pick up a free permit at the visitor center during trapping season, beginning on the first Monday of February. Permits are issued first-come, first-served, and include numbered tags to place on your hog traps. Availability is limited to 74 permits in 2024.

  • A valid Texas hunting license is required.
  • Only 1 permit per person

Beginning in 2024, hog trappers can place 2 traps anywhere in their chosen unit. The numbered lot system used in previous years is no longer in use.

Pick Your Trapping Unit

Trapping is allowed in these units. Download maps of all units [PDF, 561 KB] »

Unit Total No. of Permits
Beaumont 20
Beech Creek 5
Big Sandy Creek 20
Canyonlands 5
Hickory Creek Savannah 2
Lance Rosier 30
Neches Bottom & Jack Gore Baygall 20


Big Thicket National Preserve observes all hunting and trapping regulations set forth by the state of Texas. Regulations specific to Big Thicket National Preserve are listed on our Feral Hog Trapping Regulations page.

Feral Hog Management

Learn about the preserve's strategies for combating feral hogs.


Furbearer Trapping

Big Thicket National Preserve issues free trapping permits for furbearing animals for several units of the preserve. Permits are issued first-come, first-served through the preserve Resource Management office. Trappers must have a valid Texas hunting license in order to get a permit. Trapping licenses are not accepted.

Units that allow furbearer trapping:

  • Beaumont Unit
  • Jack Gore Baygall Unit
  • Lance Rosier Unit
  • Neches Bottom Unit


The preserve generally follows the trapping regulations set forth by the state of Texas. Trapping regulations specific to the preserve are listed on the Furbearing Trapping Guide and Regulations page.

For more information and to get a permit, please contact us.


Last updated: May 5, 2024

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