Washington County Feral Hog Landowner Abatement Assistance Program
In May of 2016 Washington County participated in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) County Hog Out Management Program (CHOMP) and successfully qualified for grant funding to offer an additional bounty, contest, educational program, and landowner assistance program. These funds were used to provide a bounty program in Washington County from October 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Following the conclusion of the bounty program the remaining funds have been allocated to support a Feral Hog Abatement Cost-Share Program with Washington County Landowners. Each year it is estimated that feral hogs do more than $500 million dollars in damage to land across the state of Texas. Efforts such as these offer a great opportunity for Texans to band together to protect our property from feral hogs and the immense amount of damage they cause.
Beginning November 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018 (or until funds are depleted) Washington County will offer a cost-share program for landowners to receive assistance related to feral hog abatement and management. The cost-share rate will be $75 from landowners and $175 from the TDA grant funds for a total of $250 per day (8 hours of services) per qualifying request. Qualifying property must be within Washington County and the claimant must be a Washington County resident or landowner. The Assistance Program will be actively managed by Texas Wildlife Services Department (TWS) with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. All requests will comply with TWS rules and regulations in order to be included in the cost-share program.
Requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis and during the initial application timeframe only one request per landowner will be accepted. Should funds remain available for the program addition requests will be considered. Anyone wishing to participate is asked to complete the required forms, submit payment, and have the forms notarized within the rules and timeframe in the cost-share program details.
For more information please contact Commissioner Luther Hueske at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (979) 277-6200. To pick up forms please visit the Washington County Court House or the Washington County Extension Office. Forms can also be found online at http://www.co.washington.tx.us/ or http://washington.agrilife.org/