Originally, Russian boars (and, of course, sows) were released as game animals on private land in a few counties in the eastern part of the state. Today, 80 of the 95 counties have wild hogs, most of them good old-fashioned Durocs, Hampshires, Poland Chinas, and the like that have gone bad. They wore out their welcome in 2011, when they lost their lofty status as game animals. Feral hogs range from the swamplands around Reelfoot Lake, to the bottomlands of the Mississippi, to Land Between the Lakes, to the Tennessee River valley, and eastward to the Smoky Mountains. Farmers are granted a lot of leeway to get rid of hogs on their property, including allowing "designees" to help them. Wild hogs can be taken on any wildlife management area during deer season, or year-round on private land. Visit tn.gov for more info.