DEQUINCY, Louisiana (KPLC) – On Monday, August 15, a modification to a Louisiana wild hog hunting legislation went into effect. The modifications will enable hunters to hunt wild pigs at night with any rifle and artificial light. In Louisiana, wild pigs have become a problem. They destroy farmland and threaten the ecosystem as a whole. These problems have led to the adoption of a special hunting season for wild pigs.
Wild pigs were originally native to North America but were hunted to extinction in most areas except for Louisiana. Since their reintroduction in 1990, the population has grown dramatically, causing further damage to farmland. To control this issue, a special hunting season is held each year to limit the number of animals killed. This year's season lasts from July 1 through October 31, with a daily limit of two animals per hunter. Hunters can use either a rifle or a firearm of some kind to take part in the hunt.
Night-hunting is allowed because it is believed that pigs are less likely to leave their feeding areas at night. This gives hunters more chances of coming across prey. Night vision equipment will be required to shoot accurately at night. No specific type of weapon is recommended over another; all types of firearms are acceptable. There is no need for special permission from land owners if you want to apply night lighting on your property. Any type of bright light will do, such as a flashlight, headlamp, vehicle brake light or signal lamp.
Feral Hog Management You may take feral pigs (where authorized) year round during permissible daylight shooting hours if you have a valid Louisiana Basic Hunting License. Permits for Aerial Feral Hog Control allow permittees to use a helicopter to detect, chase, capture, harass, or kill feral pigs. The license/permit fee is $10 for the first 100 yards, then $1 per each additional 100 yards. Licenses are available from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, online at www.wlferalsafetynetwork.com, by phone at 877-404-9227, or in person at any department office.
Hog hunting is popular among sportsmen because these animals are destructive pests that can damage crops and cause economic loss by destroying timber and other vegetation. Additionally, they can cause harm by feeding on livestock food sources. Removing hog excess will reduce this risk to your property and the damage they can do.
Legal hog killing methods include firearms, traps, snares, and crossbows. Animals should be taken in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
It is illegal to hunt endangered species such as elephants, rhinos, lions, and tigers. It is also against the law to import wildlife into Louisiana, sell wildlife products out of state, or ship an animal across state lines for purposes of trade or entertainment.
According to a news release, fully licensed Louisiana and nonresident hunters may capture outlaw quadrupeds (feral pigs, coyotes, and armadillos), nutria, and beaver at night on private property with the landowner's consent throughout the year.
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Invasive species have become a significant issue for residents and landowners in Southwest Louisiana in recent years. Feral pigs (Sus scrofa) are found in all 64 parishes of Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Louisiana's population is projected to be 700,000 people. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are an estimated five million feral pigs in America. They are native to South America but were brought to North America by Spanish explorers in search of food. These intelligent animals will adapt to different environments and can survive in a variety of conditions. Because of this ability, they are capable of causing extensive damage to property and vegetation.
Pigs can be a problem because of their susceptibility to disease and the damage they can cause by rooting up soil looking for food or water, as well as destroyting habitat by digging large holes in fields or lawns that must be refertilized or mowed. They can also contaminate water sources with their feces. Although they are natural vegetarians, pigs will eat anything that is edible and will therefore consume any plants growing in their area. This includes not only fruit trees but also flowers and other vegetation that would otherwise provide food for birds and other animals.
Because of these factors, it is important that citizens know how to control invasive species such as pigs. There are several ways in which individuals can prevent feral pigs from destroying their property.