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So, in 2019 Wisconsin DNR told deer hunters to shoot feral pigs on sight. Has anyone here on TAS had a chance to poke any pigs in Wi? I understand that if on public land, you only need a small game permit. I was thinking that this might be an interesting winter hunting opportunity.

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I am not aware of any active infestations currently. There was some up north (way up der) years ago and Crawford county was said to have a small number.

Much as i would love to hunt them up here
Releasing them would be a big mistake.


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I did too !

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Feral pigs
feral pigs
The Wisconsin DNR has adopted the position that feral pigs are exotic, non-native animals that pose significant threats to both the environment and to agricultural operations. Feral pigs can transmit diseases and parasites and can be extremely destructive to recently planted fields and gardens. Currently, there is no confirmed, free-ranging population within the state. Sightings are typically isolated instances of escaped domestics or illegally-held captive feral swine.

If you see a feral pig:

Feral pigs are considered unprotected wild animals with no closed season or harvest limit. They may be removed any time throughout the year as long as you possess a valid small game license and landowner permission. Landowners may shoot feral pigs on their own property without a hunting license.
Report feral pig sightings and harvest to the department with a printable [PDF] or online reporting form.
If you know of any illegal possession or releasing of feral pigs, alert your local conservation warden immediately.

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Hope like hell you don't get them...

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When I first read the WPR article I was wondering how serious the issue was (ie, what are the odds of going to the state next door to harvest some wild bacon). In the comments below the article, one of the commentators asked "Legit question for rural Wisconsinites – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?" I don't know if the question was rhetorical or legit.
That WPR article mentioned a trial for a 
Texas man accused of releasing hogs in Crawford County. An article from LaCrosse describes the situation.

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Feral hogs may be a whole lot of fun to hunt, but most of the landowners I know don't like them. They devastate the environment by rooting up just about everything. I have never seen any on my small place, but if I do, either arrows or lead will certainly go down range.
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You don't want em. They are tearing up my place in TX.
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My son takes his boys hunting down near Uvalde TX
and the lease he hunts on is over run with wild pigs. The landowner hired an exterminating crew to shoot from a plane. It’s that bad...

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