Wild Boar Hunt In The Missouri Ozarks


Published: December - 1998

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed several hunts with a company called Ozark Wild Boar, which is neither a professional game ranch nor a shooting preserve, but rather simply a local outfitting company run by a man named Clayton Cox. He owns several hundred acres of property located about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis within Mark Twain National Forest. From there he can access a great deal of this public area. He has been doing so for friends and clients for the past six years or so, and now accommodates about 30 to 40 clients per year. He charges only $50 for a two-day hunt, plus a kill fee of $275 per animal - no boar, no pay. Hunts are primarily conducted from baited stands, but Cox does provide advice and guidance to hunters who wish to stalk animals. He also provides help with the meat if needed.

There are plenty of hogs of all sizes roaming about, and even a novice hunter should have no trouble harvesting a boar. Most boars taken weigh from 150 to 200 pounds, with a few 300-pounders, which is what my personal best weighed. The terrain is deciduous forest-covered hills and hollows. It is an excellent opportunity for any hunter who wants to bag a boar but who doesn't have a lot of time to spend doing it. Up to five hunters can be accommodated at one time, but parties must be booked together and all must know each other beforehand.

As regards when to go, there is no closed season on boar in Missouri, but the best time is usually January. There is also no bag limit, license requirement or restriction on hunting method for boars in this state. Neither accommodations nor meals are provided by Ozark Wild Boar, but food and lodging are abundant in nearby Farmington; call the Missouri Division of Tourism for more information. There are also several state, federal and private camping facilities close by for those who want to go that route. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hunt to fellow subscribers. You........(continued)

 
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