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Hog population gets state wide attention

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Looks like the feral hog population, and the destruction they are causing is getting some much needed state wide attention.

Feral hogs are classified by the state as “unregulated quadrupeds,” meaning that licensed hunters can shoot them any time of year during the day. And there is no limit to how many can be taken. To further combat the population problem, the state recently opened up night hunting from March until September, with a special permit from t...he Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries -From LDWF

Full artical @ http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/112786709.html
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HOGS
They need to be exterminated. They compete for food with deer and turkey and squirrels. I saw one in north st helena while turkey hunting that was so big at first i thought it was a large bear .
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Act 254 of the Louisiana Legislature
(2) On private property, the landowner, or his lessee or agent with written permission and the landowner's contact information in his possession, may take outlaw quadrupeds, nutria, or beaver during nighttime hours from one-half hour after official sunset on the last day of February to one-half hour after official sunset the last day of August of that same year. The method of such taking shall be limited to a shotgun not larger than a No. 10 gauge fired with buckshot or smaller or a standard .22 caliber rimfire firearm and may be with or without the aid of artificial light, infrared or laser sighting devices, or night vision devices.

I did not read anything in the law that says that you have to have permission from the LDWF. You need to either be the landowner or have written permission from the landowner on your person.
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willing hunters
There will be a multitude of hunters willing to help take out a mess of hogs after the deer season is over. But from what I was told by several hunters over the last 2 years, is that even tho some land / lease owners have bad hog problems, they are not willing to let 'outsiders' onto their properties to kill the hogs.

I'd like to have access to one of them overrun areas for a couple days myself....

Hopefully willing property owners will post on here for 'problem areas' needing some undivided attention.. LOL!

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Is it legal
To hunt them if you are a member of a hunting club without the permission of a timber company? We already have the hunting rights so why is it they write this law stating you must have written permission. I guess we will all have to line up at our local timber lease office to get permission to legally hunt hogs at night.
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typical
that's the government for you, like to pass laws that you think are good for you till you have to go through all kinds of mess to get the paper work needed, whether it is hunting or drilling for oil
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Public?
Does anyone know if you can hunt them on public land or does it have to be private land??
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Smokepole- I emailed LDWF. I am pretty positive that it is only private land, but I will let you know what they say.
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E-mail
While you are at it, could you ask them what their definition of a 'standard rimfire' is going to be and could they possibly put out a news release telling everyone so no one accidentally gets into trouble?
Maybe Louisiana Sportsman could prod LDWF into putting out a news release concerning what their definition of a 'standard rimfire' is going to be.
I looked all over the internet and cannot find the definition for a 'standard rimfire'.
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Bull- I would think by standard rimfire they mean .22 caliber or lower. Meaning a .22 mag and down
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Think?
I wouldn't chance going out and 'thinking' I know what the law means.
If I can't get an answer, I'm not going until I know.
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Them Georgia boys
Dem Georgia boys know how to do it right...check it out.
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Smokepole- Straight from the horses mouth

Hog hunting was allowed last year on private lands with landowner consent. No permit was required required between March 1 - September 30. However, public lands are still off limits. We do allow special hog dog hunting with permit on select WMA's. Also, hunters may harvest hogs during any open fall and winter season with the approved weapon for the season in progress. Before heading out to hunt hogs at night I would direct you to our law enforcement section for specific questions on firearm specifications and roadways. Captain Lastie Cormier (Opelousas office 337-948-0257) would be a good source of info. on specific rules for hog hunting at night.
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Have all of you Hog hunted before?
Anyone that thinks Hogs are bad and need to be exterminated have never followed a bulldog into a bay and grabbed a hog that weighs #300 by the back legs. If you really think shooting a buck gives an addrenaline rush try loading a live hog up on a 4-wheeler and taking it out alive. We catch hogs and bring them to our lease to turn loose. We have more turkeys than you could kill in 10 years and deer that net 180 inches.
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