11/29/2017 9:40:02 AM
As you sit in the deer stand this year, there is a chance you could have your quiet hunt interrupted by a sounder of wild hogs marching through the woods. For the average outdoorsman, deer season is probably a time you will encounter evidence of these nuisance animals on your property. Although trapping is the most effective method of wild hog removal, the incidental harvest of wild hogs while deer hunting is legal in Mississippi. Although it may be tempting to target a "trophy" boar, adult sows contribute more to explosive population growth than boars and should always be targeted first.
It is important to keep in mind that if you are hunting wild hogs during deer season, feeder restrictions while hunting are the same as for deer (100 yards away and from a covered or stationary spin-cast feeder). However, there is no distance restriction from the last day of turkey season until the start of deer archery season. Even so, shooting should only be used to target hogs that cannot be trapped. Trapping should always be the primary means of population control. As a matter of fact, late winter trapping efforts can prove to be particularly effective because of the diminished natural food availability at that time of year.