In North Carolina, wild pig hunting has gained popularity in recent decades. Feral pigs have occupied parts of North America since they were first released by European explorers. In recent decades, wild pig populations increased considerably in several states including North Carolina.
In North Carolina, wild pig hunting has become an effective solution for controlling populations of these intelligent but destructive animals. Wild pigs are hunted on foot, with dogs, or from blinds.
The taking of trophy-class boars is popular, with some hunters opting to retain boar heads for European style skull and tusk mounts. Wild pigs are also taken for the meat. Although pigs of all ages and sexes are edible, younger animals tend to produce the highest quality meat.