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It's hog-hunting season at Big South Fork

The National Park Service issued a notice Monday that hog-hunting season is underway and the Tennessee side of Big South Fork is a prime hunting ground.

It's not every day you'll hear a conservationist say, Kill as many as you like.

But when it comes to hog-hunting season at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee, you're free to harvest what you find of the wild animal right now so long as you follow the rules.

The National Park Service issued a notice Monday that hog-hunting season is underway and the Tennessee side of Big South Fork is a prime hunting ground.

Conservationists consider the wild hog a nuisance, an invasive exotic species. It can do great harm to national parklands, local farms and residential areas.

To hunt them at Big South Fork you'll need to make sure you use the appropriate weapon and have the appropriate paperwork.

A permit costs $5 and can be purchased online here. You'll also find more information about hog-hunting at that link.

There's also wild hog hunting at Obed Wild and Scenic River. You'll find more information here.

The season goes through February 2021.

According to the Park Service, individual hogs are sometimes spotted in Kentucky, but there are no known wild hog populations on the Kentucky side of Big South Fork.

Credit: Cinda Bivens
Hog walked along road edge as calm as a deer. Picture taken from inside my vehicle. Credit: Cinda Bivens

If you need more information about hog permit permits, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 423-286-7275, or the Obed Wild & Scenic River Visitor Center at 423-346-6294.