MO: Night patrol busts illegal hunting activities
November 8, 2010
Night patrol busts illegal hunting activities
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO -- Conservation Agents from Dunklin, Mississippi, New
Madrid, Pemiscot and Scott Counties assisted to step up operations against
illegal hunting activities in New Madrid County with a night patrol this
week. According to Conservation Agent Rodney Ivie, their efforts paid off
"We were able to observe two separate spotlighting cases in the same
evening, one where it appears the individuals had already poached two deer,"
During the first case, a conservation agent observed someone spotlighting
deer from a vehicle on a county road near Donaldson Point Conservation Area.
When agents stopped the vehicle, the occupants had a loaded rifle and a
compound bow in the front of the vehicle. Both subjects were issued tickets
for the wildlife violation of "locating deer with aid of artificial light
while in possession of a rifle and compound bow," according to Ivie.
Later that same evening, the night patrol observed a second spotlighting
case near Swift Ditch Conservation Area. After hearing several rifle shots
come from a spotlighted area, Ivie said the agents stopped a vehicle and
found two deer with recent wounds in the back of the vehicle. The three
occupants were arrested and transported to the New Madrid County jail,
according to Ivie. Charges filed against two of the individuals included
"taking deer with the aid of artificial light", "taking deer during closed
season", and "possession and transportation of illegal wildlife." The third
subject was released, Ivie said.
The deer, firearm, spotlight and ammunition was seized, according to Ivie,
who added that cases like these aren't uncommon and every Missouri resident
can take a part in stopping illegal hunting activities in their area.
"Missouri is a great place to hunt and fish and we want that to remain
true," Ivie said. "We need to continue to fight vigorously against illegal
hunting activities to make sure that we protect the wildlife and continue
ethical hunting traditions."
Ivie encourages anyone who witnesses or suspects a wildlife violation to
report it to their local conservation agent or call the toll-free Operation
Game Thief number, 1-800-392-1111, which is manned 24-hours a day. Callers
may remain anonymous, and may ask to be considered for a reward, ranging
from $50 to $1000.
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