The best method of controlling wild hog populations is trapping. There are dozens of different trap sizes, designs, door types, and trigger types to choose from. Studies have shown that larger diameter traps and wider doors will yield much better results than their smaller counterparts. Many types of bait can be used including sweet potatoes, dried or fermented corn, over-ripened fruits and vegetables, or commercial attractants.
It is important to remember that the key to population reduction is the removal of entire social groups (sounders). Catching whole sounders in large corral traps is a much more efficient means of control because all individuals (up to 20 or 30) can be removed in a single catch, rather than removing a few at a time with smaller box or cage traps.
Note: Be sure to check MDWFP regulations before building or using any traps on your land.
More About Trapping Wild Hogs
- Building a Corral Trap
- A Landowners Guide to Wild Pig Management
- Wild Hog Regulations in Mississippi