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Applications now open for Mississippi’s wild hog control program

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A new round of applications for Mississippi’s wild hog control program is now open.

Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson announced that the application period will close on November 15 and all landowners and property managers in the state are eligible to apply.

In Mississippi alone, wild hogs cause more than $60 million in damages annually. Through the control program, the Department of Agriculture and Commerce provides “smart” traps to landowners and managers to control wild hogs on private agricultural and forestry lands in Mississippi. The MDAC also provides training on how to use the traps and technical guidance regarding the most effective methods to trap and control wild hogs on private lands.

“I am proud of the assistance that we offer to farmers and land managers through the Wild Hog Control Program,” Gipson said. “Now that most crops have been harvested across the state, farmers normally have more time to devote to battling this nuisance animal. I encourage anyone that is experiencing a problem with wild hogs to submit a trap application this November.”

Applications must be completed and submitted online. Submitted applications will be evaluated based on the number of acres available for trapping, historical agricultural losses caused by wild hogs on the property, and current trapping efforts on the property.

One trap per 500 acres is recommended, depending on landscape and land use. A cooperative application is encouraged for small acreage. Traps will be available for one-month intervals, dependent upon use and success.

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