The first Commissioner’s Wild Hog Challenge was a great success. The purpose of the challenge was to raise awareness regarding nuisance wild hogs and their huge negative impact on agriculture. Participants were required to upload photos of wild hogs they harvested and/or trapped between August 1 and September 30 and to supply the required information related to the harvest. Over 700 wild hogs were reported as harvested in 36 counties. The winner of the HogEye Camera and Big Pig Trap was Shane Cochran from George County. The winner of the Diamondback 300 Blackout for the heaviest wild hog entered was Jerry Williams with a weight of 330 lbs. The harvest occurred in Stone County.

To keep interest in wild hog management going and to set the tone for the next Challenge, Commissioner Gipson wants to see your harvest efforts from October 2019 to the end of January 2020. Simply upload your photos and information here. The next official Commissioner’s Wild Hog Challenge will begin again in February 2020. Keep those photos coming until then!

All rules and regulations pertaining to the take of nuisance animals in Mississippi must be followed. By submitting a photo, the participant agrees to give the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce permission to use the photo on the event website and other social media outlets. Photos of the highest quality that are submitted will be posted to the challenge’s website.