HOUSTON – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Friday that allows feral hogs to be hunted without a license.
Sen. Bryan Hughes authored Senate Bill 317, which received overwhelming support. The bill passed unanimously in the Texas Senate in April.
The law will go into effect on Sept. 1.
Feral hogs have been a costly nuisance for some Texas residents, digging up grass and rooting for food.
There is currently an estimated population in excess of 1.5 million feral hogs in Texas, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.