NJ Hunters Permitted to Take Feral Hogs During Deer Season

NJ Hunters Permitted to Take Feral Hogs During Deer Season in Zone 25

New Jersey Fish and Game
New Jersey Fish and Game

Trenton, NJ –-(AmmoLand.com)- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has issued a Special Wildlife Management Permit to control feral hogs in Deer Management Zone 25. Hunters do not need a special permit to pursue hogs in this zone. They need only have their regular hunting licenses and deer permits necessary to hunt deer during the applicable seasons. Feral hogs compete with wildlife for available food sources, prey upon ground-nesting birds and small mammals and may carry disease. For these reasons, feral hogs are classified as a potentially dangerous exotic animal. The increase in the population of feral hogs has also resulted in damage to lawns, golf courses, farm crops and forests in Gloucester County.

Feral hogs may be pursued during the season dates prescribed for Deer Management Zone 25 and may be harvested anywhere in Zone 25. Sportsmen and sportswomen will be permitted to shoot free-ranging feral hogs of either sex and any age while deer hunting during the Fall Bow, Permit Bow, Six-day Firearm, Permit Muzzleloader, Permit Shotgun and Winter Bow seasons, provided they have not reached the season bag limit for deer. The bag limit for feral hogs is unlimited and no hog permit is required. Shooting is permitted only Monday through Saturday during legal deer hunting hours. Only weapons authorized for deer hunting may be used to take feral hogs. Written permission must be obtained from the landowner to pursue feral hogs on private property.

Feral hogs must be checked at the Sportsmen’s Outpost on Fries Mill Road in Williamstown or at Ted’s Taxidermy, 713 Rt. 40, in Buena. Personnel from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture may be at the deer check station on key days of the hunting season to take samples. Harvested feral hogs may be retained for personal consumption. Sportsmen are responsible for the butchering and disposal of the carcass.

Deer hunters are advised that people can contract diseases, such as brucellosis from infected feral hogs. Plastic or rubber gloves should be worn while field-dressing feral hogs. Unwanted entrails should be burned, buried or disposed of to prevent access by animals. Work surfaces and utensils used to field-dress and butcher hogs should be cleaned and disinfected to prevent the spread of disease. Feral hog meat should be thoroughly cooked before it is eaten.

The special blanket permit offers sportsmen and sportswomen a unique opportunity to assist the Division of Fish and Wildlife in protecting New Jersey’s natural resources and species biodiversity. Though the known population of feral hogs in New Jersey is currently small, hunters can help eradicate them before they become well established and negatively affect the state’s natural heritage.

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james lee
james lee
9 years ago

I am looking to get as much info as i can on these feral pigs anyone w/any info on them like sightings or damage caused by please let me know by e-mail happypeople2049comcast.net or 856-290-5768 I am looking to get together some other hunters and try to collect some…THANK YOU jim

Alex Stokes
Alex Stokes
10 years ago

I am interested in bow hunting feral pigs in zone 25. If you are a farmer or landowner, please call 609-721-2253. Thank you.

David Dendler
David Dendler
11 years ago

Im looking to hunt feral pigs in zone 25 if anybody knows a farmer or property owner thats having a problem with them . please call me at, 732 818 1968. thank you. Dave

Victor
Victor
11 years ago

Hello,I am looking for property to go hunt with my friend,any area any where…please email me or call 210-420-5504 thanks

glenn ford
glenn ford
11 years ago

i am looking for some property for me and my kids to hunt the pigs,i live in zone 18 and no nothing about zone 25.if anyone has a hog problem in zone 25 email me and we will come to hunt them thanks glenn

doc
doc
12 years ago

They need to wake up and all the other states that prohibit hog hunting.

One alike Kansas and others. I hunt tx and mex where just about anything goes and we still have a ton of game.

These other state hunters need to exp hunting hogs from a h.copter, what a trip. you.ll will learn the hard way. see ya

TXHUNTER
TXHUNTER
12 years ago

Right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We did not eradicate them before they become well established. They are living inside Fort Worth, TX City limits.

I hunt in west Texas an moved to totally different areas to get away from them. It did not work for long. Pigs take over fast.