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Old 02-22-2017, 12:39 AM   #91
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OneShot: I doubt this will swaye you one way or the other but....... the MDC is attempting to take away all incentives to hunt hogs. The majority of the hogs present in MO are relatives of domestic hogs that were released for the purpose of establishing a huntable population to make money by guiding hunts or for individuals like yourself that want to be able to hunt a hog on demand (when ever YOU FEEL like hunting a hog).

The downside to this endeavor is the FACT that hogs are able to populate faster than there are hunters or disease/predators to keep the hog numbers in check. The amount of damage that a few sounders of hogs can produce is a lot more damage than YOU as a part time hog hunter will see on a leisurely stroll through the woods on a Sunday afternoon "hunting" a hog.

By outlawing all hog hunting endeavors the MDC is able to take any and all incentives away from individuals that release hogs to make money on guiding or selling hog hunts. I have a strong feeling that IF you owned a substantial amount of private land that was infested with wild hogs and experienced first hand the damage these hogs can do to your crops, food plots, under story, etc. I believe you would be singing a different tune. Presently you "OneShot" get to experience the "advantage" of hunting and possibly shooting a hog with little to no risk to your personal property or personal endeavors on your own land. Your neighboring land owners have grown tired of raising a pig or two for " Oneshot " to shoot a year,or when ever you get around to going on a pig hunt .

How raising your own pigs on your own property . Caged of course. Not free roaming like you have admited to doing in the past.


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Old 02-22-2017, 02:18 AM   #92
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I get what you're saying, however hasnt it been illegal to guide for pay on public land? So is ending hog hunting on public land going to take the incentives away for releasing hogs for the purpose you stated, to make money guiding hog hunts? That was illegal on public land anyway. None of that legislation affects private property where it is legal to guide hunters. Those guys that would release hogs can do so on private ground, continue to guide legally and the hogs will respond by moving all over the place. That will include rough sections of large tracts of public ground where they will be danged hard for the MDC to trap or shoot. So far MDC hasn't put a substantial dent in the population of hogs on those huge tracts of Ozark public ground.

The new law does however make me a criminal if I shoot one while bow hunting deer, hunting squirrels, turkeys or firearms deer hunting. I just don't see it as a winning solution. I guess we'll see how it plays out in the end. And no, I don't think hog hunting on public ground is really doing any good either. I just don't think it's fair to criminalize the honest sportsman who has a hog wander by and thumps it for himself.


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I get what you're saying, however hasnt it been illegal to guide for pay on public land? So is ending hog hunting on public land going to take the incentives away for releasing hogs for the purpose you stated, to make money guiding hog hunts? That was illegal on public land anyway. None of that legislation affects private property where it is legal to guide hunters. Those guys that would release hogs can do so on private ground, continue to guide legally and the hogs will respond by moving all over the place. That will include rough sections of large tracts of public ground where they will be danged hard for the MDC to trap or shoot. So far MDC hasn't put a substantial dent in the population of hogs on those huge tracts of Ozark public ground. The new law does however make me a criminal if I shoot one while bow hunting deer, hunting squirrels or firearms deer hunting. I just don't see it as a winning solution. I guess we'll see how it plays out in the end.
You answered your own question. The key is imho would be to outlaw hog hunting including privately owned land in MO. For the exact reasons that you described. Many hog hunters have bought up a few acres next to public land put a trailer on it to run their hog hunting operation and then continue to release hogs. It might not be as bad as it was in the past but ultimately the damage involving a major increase in the wild/feral hog population is what MO is ultimately left to deal with.

If you are a private landowner and you have evidence of pigs invading your private ground, then contact MDC. They will deploy a specialist with bait and pen/cage style traps that will collect an entire sounder of pigs . Not just one or two pigs via an event of opportunity by you or I as landowners that may have a shot at one or two pigs. We may have to give up hog hunting as individuals or an individual land owner in the state of MO to the idea or method that has shown to be more successful in eradicating hogs. That method being the closed circuit camera monitors on the cages/traps that are in the field 24 hrs a day 365. How often are you or I in the field in an attempt to kill a hog? How many hogs can you or I kill in a single outing compared to a camera monitoring a trap to drop on an entire sounder of pigs in a comparable single event ?

We're not giving up anything as a landowner or a MO resident or non resident when it comes to hunting an animal( feral pigs ) that should have never been present in the state of MO to "hunt" in the first place.


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