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OPPOSE BAN ON LAWFUL HOG HUNTING IN MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST

The US Forest Service is accepting Public Comments on this issue until July 23 rd , 2019.

We urge you to join us in OPPOSITION of a BAN on lawful Public Hog Hunting on US Federal Properties by submitting the email below, or feel free to modify with your own comments.

Missouri’s Farmers and Ranchers, Landowners, and Hog Hunters need your HELP!

In 2016, the Missouri Department of Conservation banned Citizens from Hog Hunting on over 1000 Public Properties across the State, and as predicted by seasoned hunters and landowners, the at-large wild hog population has now exploded across the State. The MDC then began tapping into huge Federal Hog Control Grants fueled by US Taxpayer dollars, and is now poised to collect bigger rewards by pressuring the US Forest Service to award themselves sole hog management authority of over another million public acres in Mark Twain National Forest.

Wild hogs are a valuable and abundant food source for many families, and hunting hogs for recreation and conservation adds millions of dollars to any State’s economy – however, too many hogs roaming at large are not in anyone’s best interest. Prolific breeders, their numbers must be managed with all tools and resources available.

Wild and Heritage hogs have been farmed and hunted in America since the 1500’s – long before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, and the thirteen original Colonies designed their first Flag.

Implying that wild and heritage swine are not native to our culture, and must be eradicated, is denying our human co-existence with organic pork for the last 500 years in America – and 30,000 years on the rest of the Planet. Check out any antique farmstead image and you’ll very likely see a free-roaming pig in the background. And that pork helped millenniums of our ancestors survive, as it still does today.

Pork, both native and commercial, continues to be one of the leading agricultural products on Earth. Managing and harvesting America’s native swine population properly should always be a priority for our food commodity independence, but especially now considering Commercial Pork’s looming hog shortage predictions for the next few years.

Mark Twain National Forest is the home of Missouri’s most dense wild hog population, located in the most impoverished areas of the State where many families depend on hunting them as a food source. Under pressure from the MDC, the US Forest Service is considering banning thousands of Citizens from hunting hogs on over a million acres of prime Public hunting land, and handing full extermination orders to a handful of State and US Game Agents who leave the carcasses on the ground to rot.

This action would not only waste hundreds of thousands of pounds of pork that could otherwise feed families, but it would also waste millions of State and US tax dollars to replace the portion of hog management that Citizens were already doing for generations – and for FREE. Our abundant native swine is, and always has been, an American commodity, and should be managed as one.

The US Forest Service is accepting Public Comments on this issue until July 23rd, 2019.

We urge you to join us in OPPOSITION of a BAN on lawful Public Hog Hunting on US Federal Properties by submitting the email below, or feel free to modify with your own comments.

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