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I'll be visiting family in TN this spring (Nashville area) and had hoped to pack my 44 mag and pop some hogs while getting warmed up from a long Northwest winter.

Looking at the TN game regs, it seems hogs can only be hunted in the fall unless on private land. Is that right?

I thought that since they were such a nuisance you would be able to go after them all year long.

Thanks for any details on this.

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Ed Carter, Executive DirectorFeral Hog Hunting

Feral hogs are defined as any wild hog found
in Tennessee, except on Catoosa, South Cherokee and Foothills WMAs.

Feral hogs are considered big game but are not required to be tagged or checked in at big game checking stations.

Private Lands
Open year round, except in holdings on Catoosa and South Cherokee where the season is open with the statewide deer seasons. Dogs prohibited. No limit, either sex. During statewide deer seasons, only weapons legal for hunting deer may be used for hunting feral hogs.

Publicly Owned Lands
Season open during scheduled white-tailed deer hunts unless otherwise specified. Dogs prohibited. No limit, either sex. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, also open January 20 - February 28, 2010.

Feral Hog Hunting With Dogs
In the following counties, dogs may be used for hunting feral hogs on the dates indicated.
No limit, either sex.

Monroe, Polk (east of Hwy. 411 and north of Hwy. 64)
Gun/muzzleloader/archery - October 5-12, October 17-18

Blount, Cocke (south of I-40), Jefferson (east of Hwy 411), Sevier
Gun/muzzleloader/archery - September 28-October 4

Blount, Cocke, Jefferson (east of Hwy 411), Monroe, Polk (east
of Hwy. 411 and north of Hwy. 64), Sevier
Gun/muzzleloader/archery - November 2-5, December 3-16

Wild Boar Hunting
Wild boar is defined as any wild hog found in Tennessee, on Catoosa, South Cherokee and Foothills WMAs. All other hog found outside these WMAs are considered feral hogs. Please refer to the WMA section in the hunting guide for wild boar hunting in these areas.

About Tennessee's Feral Hog Population
It is well documented that the introduction of exotic species has often led to the decline of native species. Most of the time, these declines go unnoticed because they occur in the less obtrusive bird, fish, and insect world. Unfortunately that is not always the case. There is an invader in Tennessee that happens to be one of the largest and most destructive animals in the nation, it is the feral hog.

Sus scrofa, otherwise known as the pig, was introduced to North America by the first European settlers. Although they have long been domesticated and are an extremely popular farm animal, free-ranging feral hogs are a different animal altogether. Their voracious appetite and destructive rooting behavior can cause severe habitat damage, especially to fields that have been planted for food production. Com­pounding the problem is the fact that the female pigs (sows) can produce 2-3 litters per year, with each litter ranging in size of 6-12 piglets.

Considering young pigs become sexually mature at 6-8 months you can easily see the nightmarish reproductive capacity of these animals.

Besides the destructive nature of the hogs the greatest single threat comes from their potential to transmit swine brucellosis and pseudorabies to farm raised animals, both of which would have serious effects on Tennessee’s agricultural economy. Therefore, feral hogs are definitely a major threat to all Tennessee residents.

In just over a decade, the distribution of Tennessee’s feral hog population has spread at an alarming rate. Although first confined to small pockets in East Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau, it is now estimated that viable hog populations can be found in close to a third of Tennessee’s counties. We need to stop the spread, and stop the spread now.

Feral hog season is open year-round on private lands with no bag limits whatsoever. In other words, we want you to kill as many hogs as possible to slow their spread. So please help us take aim at controlling feral hog populations.

Releasing feral hogs is a federal offense and is in violation of USDA regulations. Anyone providing infor­mation leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals releasing feral hogs may be eligible for a $100 reward.

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found some info for ya hope it helps, had a buddy that was from cookville tn around the cumberland plateau area & claimed they had alot of hogs there. thats about an hour or so from nashville.good luck, Roger

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prolly 50/50 chance or better,you will have better luck if you target crop lands.lots of farmers & tobacco farms in that area & they hate the hogs because they destroy their crops.

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I found it to be the same way here in Alabama. When I left California three years ago, there was no season on hogs, it was year round. There was no limit. You had to buy tags, but they were $7.50 for five tags and you could buy as many book of five as you wanted. They started the tags about ten years ago (another source of state income), but before that it was free. You could hunt in National Forests and on BLM land. When I got here you have to hunt in WMAs with their regulations being stricter than the state's, unless you have access to private land or a club. Good luck on your hunt.
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