In Mississippi alone, wild hogs cause more than $60 million in damages annually. That’s why the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) will begin accepting a new round of applications for its Wild Hog Control Program (WHCP) on Monday, November 1st.
The application period will close on Monday, November 15. All Mississippi counties are eligible for the application period.
Through the WHCP, MDAC provides “smart” wild hog traps to landowners and managers for the control of wild hogs on private agricultural and forestry lands in Mississippi. MDAC provides the training necessary to use the “smart” traps and technical guidance regarding the most effective methods to trap and control wild hogs on private lands.
Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson says, “We are beginning to enter fall and winter months when wild hog trapping is highly successful. This success is normally due to limited natural food resources during this time of year, and the harvest of most agricultural crops has been completed. This limits food competition for trap sites and increases trapping success.
Applications must be completed and submitted online at www.mdac.ms.gov/whcp. 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. A cooperative application is encouraged for small acreage (i.e., adjoining land managers of small parcels should work together to submit one application). Traps will be available for one-month intervals, dependent upon use and success. One trap per 1,000 acres is recommended, depending on landscape and land use.