SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – The Conservation Department in Missouri is considering a change to its feral hog hunting regulations on MDC land. That consideration is due to a recent change in the policy of Mark Twain National Forest, after over 1,000 complaints were received by forest management.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the U.S. Forest Service will only allow hunters to kill wild hogs if they come across them while hunting turkey and deer. Hunters must have proper deer and turkey permits to qualify for the exception.

Until now, feral hog hunting has been legal in the Mark Twain National Forest.  It is currently banned on Missouri Department of Conservation land. However, the MDC announced Monday that it is writing new rules that will mirror those adopted by the Forest Service.