Recent figures on hunting in the United States estimate that upwards of 15 million people are active hunters. This means that there is a lot of love for the sport in this country -- that’s almost 12% of the US population who have obtained the appropriate license to hunt, or who actively hunt...whether it be waterfowl, big game, upland game bird or exotics! That’s a big number of people, and it’s no wonder to us -- hunting is enriching, keeps you outdoors, and gets you in touch with the primitive person within you.
The community of hunters at large is extremely welcoming, and is also geared towards safety, education and awareness. The money contributed by hunters to wildlife conservation helps to regulate the populations of species that are hunted, and also to preserve their habitats. Hunting keeps humans as an active part of the food chain and stewards of the environment that we hunt in. The continued popularity of hunting in the United States is so integral to the continued harmony amongst man and animal -- aside from that, it’s just plain fun!
So, with all of that in mind, we want to share the top reason that hog hunting is the best way to indulge in your favorite sport and support the environment!
The reason is simple: You can hog hunt at any time of year.
We’ve already addressed that wild hogs are regarded as an environmental and agricultural nuisance. They are an expensive one at that. Every year, feral hogs cause millions of dollars of damage to local farmlands -- and in Oklahoma, hunters are encouraged to bag as many hogs as they possibly can. Unless Oklahomans can cull hog populations down to below 20% of their annual numbers, they will return to the same population level by the same time next year. The work that we do is important to local conservation.
The only thing that you should be cognizant of is what big game hunting season is occurring during the time that you wish to go hog hunting. Generally speaking, you do not need any tag or license to bag a hog (or multiple hogs). You can hunt them all year because they are not protected by any season of hunting, but if it’s deer or elk season, you need to acquire the appropriate license for that season, even if you are hunting on private property. Otherwise, there are no regulations around the bagging of hogs.
At HogWild, we value the work that all of our guests are doing for the benefit of our local environment, and we encourage hunters to participate in hog hunting all year round. If you’d like to learn more about what big game seasons occur during what time, we encourage you to give us a call at 405-HOG-WILD. We’d be happy to guide you through the steps you need to take to get the license that you need to hunt (if it’s required). After that, we’d love to schedule your first hunt! Join us for an excellent and enriching experience.