Originally Posted by MOGC
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.