WHCP Cost Share

Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
Wild Hog Control Program Cost Share


Program Purpose

Through its Wild Hog Control Program (WHCP), the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) is offering a cost share opportunity to Mississippi private land managers for equipment used for the trapping of wild hogs.  The WHCP Cost Share Program was made possible by a federal appropriation and aims to provide technical guidance and monetary assistance regarding the most effective equipment and methods to trap wild hogs on private lands across Mississippi.  The intention of the Cost Share Program is to provide one complete, remotely triggered trap for applicants within limits of the federal appropriation.  However, additional approved trap components are eligible for funding.  MDAC will reimburse the landowner or leaseholder for a percentage of the cost associated with purchasing trapping equipment to increase the number of wild hogs removed from the landscape.


Application Period

The 2023 WHCP Cost Share Program application period will be July 17, 2023 – August 15, 2023. Click here for the 2023 WHCP Cost Share Program Application (PDF), or click the button below:

2023 WHCP Cost-Share Program Application


How to Apply

Complete and submit the WHCP Cost Share Program application form and related documents to MDAC by August 15, 2023.  Applications can be submitted by email (preferred, in PDF format) or by mail.  See instructions on the following page.


Application Requirements

  • Complete and submit a WHCP Cost Share Program application.
  • Landowners that apply must also submit a copy of the landowner’s 2022 Property Tax Receipt and a copy of the Property Deed.
  • Leaseholders that apply must also submit a copy of the lease agreement signed by the landowner.
  • Submit a legible AERIAL PHOTO of the property labeled with property boundaries plainly marked.
  • Submit a COUNTY MAP indicating the general location of the applicant’s property.


Requirements for Sellected Applicants

  • Allow a MDAC Nuisance Wildlife Specialist to survey the applicant’s property to confirm damage and the need for assistance.
  • Enter into a two-year written agreement with MDAC after the property survey is completed.
  • Purchasing of eligible trapping equipment. All purchases will be conducted by the selected applicant.
  • Submit trapping report to MDAC by the requested deadlines (deadlines to be determined.).
  • Register with the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration to receive reimbursement payments.
  • Submit proof of trapping equipment purchased.
  • Retain ownership, maintain, and operate traps for a minimum of two years.


Program Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a landowner or leaseholder in the state of Mississippi.
  • Preference will go towards applications that include working agricultural lands.
  • Items that are eligible for funding include trapping equipment (trap cameras, traps, trap gates, trap panels, and trap trailers) and data subscriptions for trap cameras.
  • Funding will be provided on a 50% cost share basis. Funding for each selected applicant will be the lessor of either 50% of the applicant’s expenditure or a maximum of $5,000.00.


Reimbursement Payments

  • Selected applicants must provide actual receipts, paid invoices, cancelled checks, payment statements, or other acceptable proof of expenditure to MDAC for review.
  • Proof of expenditures is due to MDAC by November 15, 2023.
  • MDAC will reimburse the selected applicant within 60 days after satisfactory review of expenditures.
  • Reimbursement payments will be made payable to the applicant.


Eligible Equipment Examples

The following are examples of wild hog traps and trapping equipment that are eligible for the WHCP cost share:


For any questions or additional information, please contact:

Peyton Pierce
Nuisance Wildlife Specialist
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce