Hunting Feral Swine at Night
12/29/2011 4:08 PM
The Wildlife Commission just posted information on how to get a permit to hunt feral swine at night. Beginning today, hunters can download a special permit from www.ncwildlife.org and hunt swine at night with the aid of a light.
Under this policy, archery and firearm hunters with a Commission-issued permit in addition to a hunting license may hunt feral swine after normal shooting hours (½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour past sunset) where local law allows; except by firearms on Sundays. The permits are valid through March 31.
For more information, read the news release or see the permit.
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By Brian Rau on
1/30/2012 1:24 PM
Re: Hunting Feral Swine at Night
I got mine as soon as I saw the first notice of their becoming available. Very easy to get, but the stipulations include the fact that you cannot hunt at night for hogs on gamelands and only can hunt on private and other public lands with the permission of the landowner/overseeing authority. Thus, it will make this a fairly limited usage permit, but it is still a great benefit for law-abiding sportsmen to work with landowners who experiencing hog damage or trying to prevent the start of it on their land. Everybody, please be understanding of the tough situation this makes for our Wildlife Officers to continue protecting our other wildlife resources (bear,deer,etc.), and be extra careful as to our zones of fire and what is out there beyond the range of your light. Us sportsmen are the ones who can make this a very successful tool of hog management, as well as a safe and effective option to minimize hog damage and be less disturbing than running a pack of dogs right behind everyones houses. The next question to ask of our Wildlife Officers and the Commission, is whether a person who can afford to pay for a Class 3 Weapons License to equip their rifle with a sound-suppression system, may then use that "silenced" weapon to shoot hogs with lights at night, thus allowing for a greater harvest rate, and less diturbance to the local community around a hunting location.