The Georgia Department of Agriculture has created new laws in 2019 that allow the transportation of live feral hogs in Georgia. In past years, it has always been illegal to transport any live wild pig in Georgia, but that is no longer the case. There are special licensing and permits you must obtain, and we will jump right into that. The new rules went into effect January 1, 2019. Feral hog holding facilities will require a pre-license inspection and, upon compliance, a license will be issued. Pre-license inspections will begin upon receipt of application. Starting January 1, 2019, Feral hog holding facilities will be granted a 90-day grace period to come into compliance with the new rules. The fee for the feral hog facility license is $100 annually, and the fee for the feral hog transport permit is $15 annually. A feral hog holding facility that is also transporting feral hogs must obtain a feral hog transport permit, in addition to a feral hog holding facility. Feral Hog Facilities must have a premises ID for the physical location at which the feral hogs will be held. If you are interested in getting a permit to house or transport wild pigs, please contact Georgia Department of Agriculture Licensing at 855-4-AG-LICENSE (855-424-5423).
Feral hogs are considered invasive non-native wildlife species, the same as coyotes. This means under Georgia Law, you are allowed to hunt feral hogs year-round during the day or night on privately owned land. You are not allowed to hunt wild hogs at night on Wildlife Management Areas, and it is pertinent that you check the rules and regulations on each Wildlife management area before you harvest any animals. It is estimated that feral hogs can an average of $2.5 billion dollars worth of damage each year primarily in agriculture and forestry settings. The most effective method in removing feral hogs from your property is trapping the entire sounder (group of pigs); rather than shooting individual hogs with a rifle. If you are able to remove the entire sounder with a coral trap and the use of an automated drop gate, you can begin to manage the feral hog population on your property.