NY State Bans Boar Hunting


October 23, 2013, 01:46 PM
Just saw this:

I understand banning the importation of pigs for hunting purposes, but as i read the article, it seems that all hunting of boars is banned...
So, how is this going to effect the feral pig population already in-state? Without legal hunting, i imagine it can only multiply.

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Carl N. Brown
October 23, 2013, 03:08 PM
Newspaper reports are the worst place to get reports on game law changes.

Tennessee has banned sportshunting of wild hogs, transport and release of wild hogs, etc. The details tho' were not necessarily what was reported superficially in the newspapers. Wild hogs are subject to varmint extermination rules. EG, any wild hogs caught in traps cannot leave your property alive. Practically any hunting method can be used by landowner, family, tenants. Depending on wildlife management area (some have special rules), if you are hunting deer and bear, you are clear to kill any wild hogs you see as vermin and pests; you just can't get a game tag for sport hunting wild hogs anymore.

It would pay to look up the actual NY state hunting regulations. NY Daily News? Enhk.

The law just passed removes captive bred swine from the list of regulated hunting species. Apparently they are Nuisance and Invasive Species now.

New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation
Eurasian Boar Page
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22 Oct 2013

Eurasian Boar

Eurasian boar are native to Europe and Asia. Also known as Russian boar, wild boar, wild hog, razorback, or feral swine, invasive Eurasian boar are new to the New York landscape, represent a great threat to New York and have the potential to become permanently established if action is not taken immediately.

Why Are Eurasian Boars a Problem?

Eurasian boars are a highly adaptable, destructive, non-native, invasive species. The primary source of Eurasian boar in New York appears to be escaped or released boars from enclosed shooting facilities, breeding facilities, or animal sanctuaries. DEC's goal is to prevent and eradicate Eurasian boars from New York's landscape. Eurasian boars in New York can have tremendous negative impacts on native plants, native wildlife, livestock, agriculture, and humans including:
•Eurasian boars eat hard mast (acorns and other nuts) and directly compete with deer, bear, turkey, squirrel and waterfowl for food.
•Eurasian boars consume the nests and eggs of ground nesting birds and reptiles.
•Eurasian boars will kill and eat fawns and young domestic livestock.
•Eurasian boars will eat almost any agricultural crop as well as tree seeds and seedlings.
•Their rooting and wallowing habits destroy crops and native vegetation, cause erosion, and negatively affect water quality. Every Eurasian boar in the wild is estimated to destroy 11 acres of wetland in its lifetime.
•Eurasian boars have razor sharp tusks and have been known to be aggressive toward humans and their pets.
•Eurasian boars carry and can transmit several serious diseases including swine brucellosis, E. coli, trichinosis, and pseudorabies to livestock and /or humans. Some of these diseases, if introduced to domestic swine, can decimate the pork industry and could result in New York losing the ability to ship pigs or pork products to other states.


Eurasian boars (scientific name: Sus scrofa linnaeus) usually appear hairy. They are most often dark black or brown, often grizzled with gray. Piglets are lighter in color with brown and tan stripes. The stripes disappear as they get older and darker in color. Unlike most domestic, farm pigs (scientific name: Sus scrofa domestica), Eurasian boars usually have a long straight narrow snout, a long straight tail with a tuft at the end and erect hairy ears. Some have a "mane" of hair that stands up along ridge of their back ("razorback"). Most have large, prominent tusks.

Eurasian boars are highly adaptable and prolific. If weather is good and food is plentiful, Eurasian boars can breed as early as 6 months of age. They can breed several times a year and their litter size can range from 2-8, although litters as large as 10-12 have been reported. A Eurasian boar population can double in one year.

What You Can Do

If you see Eurasian boars, please report them to the nearest DEC regional wildlife office or e-mail us. Since it is sometimes difficult to distinguish a domestic pig, pot belly pig or Eurasian boar based solely on a description, reporting of all free roaming swine is encouraged. Please report the number of animals seen or killed, whether any of them were piglets, the date, and the exact location (county, town, distance and direction from an intersection, nearest landmark, etc.). Photographs are greatly appreciated as they help us determine if it is a Eurasian boar, so please try and get a picture and include it with your report.

Eurasian Boars Prohibited In New York

A new law was passed on October 21, 2013 that immediately made it illegal to import, breed or release Eurasian boars in New York. In addition, after September 1, 2015, it will be illegal to possess, sell, distribute, trade or transport Eurasian boars in New York. You can find a link to the new Eurasian Boar Law in the right column under "Links Leaving DEC's Website".

Questions and Answers

Q. Can I hunt Eurasian boars in NY?
A. Prior to passage of the new law, any person with a small game hunting license could take Eurasian boars at any time and in any number. However, under authority of the new law, this may soon change due to pending Department regulations that would make it illegal to hunt Eurasian boars in NY. Keep checking this DEC web page for updates. [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/70843.html ]

Q. I own a pot belly pig. Can I still keep it?
A. Yes, you can keep your pet pot belly pig. The law only regulates Eurasian boars and their hybrids and does not regulate domestic pigs possessed for meat production or as pets.

Q. I rescued a Eurasian boar from a game farm. Can I keep it on my farm?
A. You cannot breed the Eurasian boar or release it to the wild, but you can legally keep it until September 1, 2015. After that date it will be illegal to possess any Eurasian boar or hybrid of a Eurasian boar.

Q. I saw a dark-colored pig that I think might be a Eurasian boar. What should I do?
A. Report any animal that you think might be a Eurasian boar to the nearest DEC regional wildlife office or e-mail us. Try to get a picture of the animal and include it with your report. Let us know how many you saw and the exact location (county, town, distance and direction from an intersection, nearest landmark, etc.). Include a description of the animal such as the color, whether it looked very "hairy" or had sparse hair, whether the snout looked short, turned up, long or straight, and about how big it was.

Q. What if I still own Eurasian boars after September 1, 2015?
A. That would be a violation of the law and for the first or second violation you can be fined up to $500 per animal in your possession or for any boars imported, sold, offered for sale, traded or transported. Subsequent violations of the law will result in a fine of $1,000 for each animal for each act or an amount equal to three times the value of the animal as meat production, breeding stock, or shooting stock.

October 30, 2013, 09:08 PM
If Cuomo gets his way, we won't have anything to shoot them with by 2015. He and most legislators in our state are clueless about shooting and hunting.

November 6, 2013, 07:38 PM
They know what they are doing. This will create more chaos and confusion, a problem for them to have a solution for. Upstate is led around by the nose by down state. Hunting is surrounded by politics.

November 6, 2013, 08:42 PM
And, in DC, one cannot kill a rat. It must be captured and released elsewhere. Meanwhile, I hope the politicians all get the black plague. :rolleyes: PETA runs the liberal states. NY is no different. Lots of folks here consider hogs just big rats. :D I mean, I'd rather EAT hogs, but hey, there are similarities in natality rate.

November 7, 2013, 05:30 AM
And, in DC, one cannot kill a rat.
In that case there should be no murders there. ;)

November 19, 2013, 11:23 AM
Banning the importation and hunting of eurasian boar is the right answer. Those guys breed like rabbits and would QUICKLY get out of hand. They should kill all the eurasian boars in the state soonest.

Just look at the damage feral pigs are doing in the south. I've lived and hunted them in Germany and they are great to hunt but, in many areas they are out of control.

Just my two pennies.

November 19, 2013, 11:51 AM
If you live in NYS, shoot every wild hog you see. Period.

Just my .02,

November 19, 2013, 12:01 PM
Banning the importation and hunting of Eurasian boar is the right answer. Those guys breed like rabbits and would QUICKLY get out of hand. They should kill all the eurasian boars in the state soonest.

99 percent of all the "wild boar" in America are feral, brought into this country originally by the Spanish in the 16th century. There are spots where there are European phenotype, but the genotype and the breeding habits are no different. Wild feral hogs are similar to European even in looks. Some are black just like European. I've trapped a lot of European boar in Calhoun County Texas which has many. About the only way I can tell the difference from a black colored feral is the length of the snout. Certainly the natality rate and infant survival rate are the same. European stock phenotype and feral can and do breed and produce fertile offspring just as a collie can interbreed with a wild Wolf and produce fertile offspring. They're the same species.

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