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I live just across the Mississippi River in Illinois and we hear a lot of stories about the feral hog problem in Missouri. Last spring about mid-March me and a group of my friends went down to the Wappapello Lake Area in South East Missouri. We hunted public access ground around the lake for three days. We seen a lot of signs of hogs from tracks to rooted up areas ranging in size from the size of a car hood on up. The rules on feral hog hunting in Mo are basically anything goes except hunting with lights and hunting during deer season. No licenses or permits of any type are needed. Baiting and any type of weapons with no ammo restrictions are allowed. I took my Winchester "94" 30-30, the others had an AR in .223, a Browning in .270. a SKS and another Winchester "94" 30-30. I could hardly believe you didn't need any type of general hunting license or anything, especially for non-residents, so I called the district CPO and he filled me in on the rules. You can't hunt private land with out the landowners permission but other than those few rule pretty much anything goes. We can't hunt anything but coyotes with our high powered rifles here in Illinois so we where pretty stoked about going and hunting. There was five in out group and we hunted from daylight to dark the whole time we where their and not one of us seen a hog except for the trip back home we seen one hit along the road. The people I talked to later said that there was a lot of pressure in that area and the hogs pretty much only come out at night. It was still a fun trip and am thinking about going again in an area farther to the west closer to the Springfield area. I have heard they have more farms in that area that sell canned hunts and due to escapees from these farms there are more hogs to hunt. If anyone has any experience hunting feral hogs in Southern Missouri I would sure appreciate any advise.
 

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The Missouri Department of Conversation has made a lot of noise about the feral hog problem, but it seems that they are getting ahead of the problem. They are actively trapping on public lands now, and it seems to be fairly successful. Populations state-wide are estimated at about 5000, but one can assume that only a small fraction of those are on public lands at any point in time.

My brother and I made a trip to Lake Wappapello a couple years ago for the same purpose and had the same result. I have since been advised that the only people who are successfully hunting hogs in these areas are those who are using both dogs and horses.

You can hunt hogs during deer season, but you must be in possession of a valid deer hunting license and are limited to methods that are approved for deer. Similar rules exist during the fall turkey season.
 

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We hunted the west side near Holiday landing. Part of the draw was it was a public land hunt and with in two hours from home making it cheap. I guess if you don't get to even see one its not much of a hunt. I have heard the Fort Lenordwood area is a good place to hunt. We might try again in about 7-8 weeks. If nothing else we will get out of the house.
 

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Missouri does have pigs & hogs! Fort Wood used to be a good place but the Mark Twain Forrest is a good stop too. You just have to check in with conservation people to get the drift on those piggy's and where the biggest consintrations are located. I can't help you on local, cause I like hog hunting to much.LOL :D :D :D
 

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The hogs are spotty in MO. If you find some, there will likely be a lot in that area, but such spots are not that numerous.
 

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I live just across the Mississippi River in Illinois and we hear a lot of stories about the feral hog problem in Missouri. Last spring about mid-March me and a group of my friends went down to the Wappapello Lake Area in South East Missouri. We hunted public access ground around the lake for three days. We seen a lot of signs of hogs from tracks to rooted up areas ranging in size from the size of a car hood on up. The rules on feral hog hunting in Mo are basically anything goes except hunting with lights and hunting during deer season. No licenses or permits of any type are needed. Baiting and any type of weapons with no ammo restrictions are allowed. I took my Winchester "94" 30-30, the others had an AR in .223, a Browning in .270. a SKS and another Winchester "94" 30-30. I could hardly believe you didn't need any type of general hunting license or anything, especially for non-residents, so I called the district CPO and he filled me in on the rules. You can't hunt private land with out the landowners permission but other than those few rule pretty much anything goes. We can't hunt anything but coyotes with our high powered rifles here in Illinois so we where pretty stoked about going and hunting. There was five in out group and we hunted from daylight to dark the whole time we where their and not one of us seen a hog except for the trip back home we seen one hit along the road. The people I talked to later said that there was a lot of pressure in that area and the hogs pretty much only come out at night. It was still a fun trip and am thinking about going again in an area farther to the west closer to the Springfield area. I have heard they have more farms in that area that sell canned hunts and due to escapees from these farms there are more hogs to hunt. If anyone has any experience hunting feral hogs in Southern Missouri I would sure appreciate any advise.
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RE: Simongirty

Simongirty,

I live in MO and during the fall and winter months I hog hunt atleast every other weekend, except for deer season. The wappepello area is a real good spot, but you'll have a hard time finding hogs just walking around trying to jump them up. It happens but that not very often. My and my buddy use dogs and even then we only catch hogs about 25% of the time. Theyre real smart and real tough. They are nocturnal for the most part but if theyre around the dogs will jump them up out of their bed. Without dogs, you can walk 15 feet by a bed of hogs without even knowing it. If they dont think theyve been spotted they wont budge. I know that sounds silly but its true and its amazing how well those suckers can hide. Your best bet is to try to hook up with someone that has dogs that will hunt hogs or get permission to hunt private land where you can spot light them. Spot lighting is legal on private land. Hope this helps
 

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Hog Hunting in Missouri

It seems like there a few people interested in Hog Hunting in Missouri, and I was just going to let everyone know that my husband and I are selling hog hunts. Our land is located between Springfield, Missouri and Sedalia. We have had camera's and feeders set up for the hogs for several months now and they are coming in like crazy! Just this month we had two guys from Minnesota come down and hunt on us, and within 20 minutes (no joke) they each killed a hog with their bows. This was our first official hunt on our land and we can honestly say, we have had 100 percent success. :) If you would like more information about our hunts you can call my husband (Brandon) at (deleted by site admin MikeG)

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It seems like there a few people interested in Hog Hunting in Missouri, and I was just going to let everyone know that my husband and I are selling hog hunts.
I would consider paying for a guided hunt in some place like Texas, but not in Missouri. The outbreak of hogs in this state has been blamed in part on those trying to create a market for hog hunting opportunities by (illegally) releasing hogs into the wild. As a matter of principle, I will not patronize any such business in Missouri.
 

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I understand your opinion, but we had nothing to do with the illegal release of hogs. My husband is in close contact with the local game wardens and they actually enjoy the idea that people are pursuing hogs to keep the population down.

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No MO Hogs

I agree with both sides. I live in NE Missouri and own some land that I hunt and I do not want to see hogs in my area. I'm all for hunting them now and trying to stop a problem that could get out of hand like what Texas has to deal with but like Uncruel stated, I hope people don't see this as some way to make a profit and start turning these hogs loose on their land. I too feel that will do nothing but create more of a problem with the spread of feral hogs to our state. Livetohunt, my family and I have been going to Texas to hunt hogs and if you truly have a hog problem on your land we might be interested in checking your place out.
 

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livetohunt, with a 100% success rate you should be able to get people to hunt hogs at your place. I've got family not to far north of there that would be interested in the future in checking your place out if there are any hogs left then.
 

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I was bow hunting in sw mo a couple years ago and saw hog sign everywhere. The guy that owned the farm told us after our first evening hunt that they had a hog problem and asked us to shoot any that we saw. I was really wishing I brought my .44 with me for a backup after hearing that. Luckily I didn't come across one in the dark.
 

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spotlighting on private land is not legal... it is illegal to use a spotlight on private land unless in use of gigging for frogs... you can not even spotlight for your livestock
 

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I just got off the phone with a good friend of mine, who lives in St. James and he owns a 150 acre small farm. He and 2 others went hog hunting down at the Iron Mountain area. They saw several hogs in the distance with their "bino's but did not get close enough to use their 45/70 and .444 Marlin rifles. He stated that those hogs are getting to be like deer, they don't stick around long and are skidish.;)
 
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