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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 1 hog trap per year within designated areas in the preserve.

Hog trapping season runs from the first Monday in February to the day before the start of fall hunting season in October.

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 a numbered tag to place on your hog trap. Availability is limited to 50 permits per season. All 50 permits for the 2022 season have been claimed.

  • A valid Texas hunting license is required.
  • Only 1 permit per person
  • Choose up to 2 trapping lots (see map below). Your trapping lots can be in different units, if desired.

Pick Your Trapping Lots

Each trapping unit of the preserve is divided into numbered lots. Trappers are allowed to claim 2 lots to use for trapping. However, only 1 trap may be used at a time.

Download a map of each unit in either JPG or PDF format:

  • Beaumont UnitJPG | PDF

  • Beech Creek UnitJPG | PDF
  • Big Sandy Creek UnitJPG | PDF
  • Canyonlands UnitJPG | PDF
  • Hickory Creek Savannah UnitJPG | PDF
  • Lance Rosier UnitWest JPG | PDF / East JPG | PDF
  • Neches Bottom & Jack Gore Baygall UnitJPG | PDF


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. Hunters must have their current Texas trapping license in order to get a permit.


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, contact the wildlife biologist at 409-951-6823.

Furbearer Trapping Unit Maps

Download a map of each furbearer trapping unit in PDF format:


Last updated: February 14, 2022

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