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.