State wildlife officials are encouraging hunters heading out for Wisconsin’s traditional nine-day gun deer hunting season to keep an eye out for feral pigs.
Feral pig sightings and harvests should be reported on the Department of Natural Resource’s website: dnr.wi.gov keyword "Feral Pigs."
Since 1997 feral pigs have been reported in at least 51 Wisconsin counties, although not all of these reports have been verified. "Each year we receive reports of feral pig sightings and harvests from around the state," says Brad Koele, DNR wildlife damage specialist. "Fortunately most of these reports turn out to be domestic pigs that were running loose. However, any report of feral pigs is of interest and concern given the negative impacts they can have on habitat, Wisconsin’s agriculture, and domestic swine industry."
For removal purposes, feral pigs are currently considered unprotected wild animals and may be hunted year-round, with the exception of the Friday before opening day of the nine-day gun deer hunting season when it’s not allowed. Also, feral pig hunting hours are the same as for deer during the nine-day season. During the rest of the year, there are no hunting hour restrictions for feral pigs.