Feral Swine: Just Shoot ‘Em!November 13th, 2013
Yes, deer are on the mind of most Michigan hunters this week, but it never hurts to remind you what else might be lurking in the fields and forests where you might be pursuing your venison–and that’s pork!
Hunters are encouraged to shoot wild hogs — often called “feral swine” – if they spot the animals roaming in the woods this season.
In 2008, MUCC members approved a policy resolution calling on Michigan to work towards eradicating and preventing the establishment of feral swine on the landscape.
In 2010, along with our conservation and agricultural partners, MUCC pursued legislation that allowed a hunter or landowner to shoot a wild boar running at large. On public land, anyone with a valid hunting license – including a deer-hunting license – can shoot them. Hunting can occur any time during regular hunting hours and when actively night-hunting raccoon, opossum, fox and coyote. (Please be sure to follow all day and night hunting regulations for the season in which you are hunting game. Refer to the current Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest for details.) People with a concealed pistol permit (CPL) also are allowed to kill wild swine on public land. On private land, a license isn’t needed as long as the hunter has the permission of the landowner.
But even if you don’t get a shot at one, you should still report any sightings or sign of feral swine on the landscape to the DNR, including tracks, scat/droppings, rooting, wallows, rubs, crop damage and trail camera pictures. Just like any other invasive species, the management and eventual eradication depends on better understanding where they are.
So where are people seeing them? The DNR has shared a map of last year’s sightings and kills (click map to download a full sized PDF).