AGFC to allow harvest of feral hogs

AGFC to allow harvest of feral hogs

Arkansas - New regulations were approved Thursday by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission that will allow the harvest of feral hogs during deer, elk and bear seasons.

During the meeting, commissioners voted to approve the regulation to allow for the harvest on AGFC Wildlife Management Areas.

This comes after AGFC commissioners voted in May to eliminate all feral hog hunting on AGFC WMA's,while also removing the incentive of any future releases of feral hogs on public land.

"We continue to catch feral hogs that have ear notches, tags or other marks that indicate illegal releases or escapes are still occurring on or near our WMAs," feral hog program coordinator J.P. Fairhead said. "By eliminating the opportunity for people to go back and hunt hogs on these properties, we hoped to remove the motivation behind these releases."

However, not all WMAs were included in the ban. Many owned by federal agencies will continue to allow for harvest of feral hogs during deer, elk and bear seasons.

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