Deer beheaded by hunters

Missouri Department of Conservation asking for assistance in poaching incident

Conservation agents are looking for information regarding two bucks found with their heads cut off and dumped near Highway J in Livingston County. The Department of Conservation says the incident happened sometime between December 5th and 6th, and that both deer had been shot with large caliber rifles. If you have information that could assist […]

Livingston County Sheriff

Two individuals have close call when bullet whizzes past; Sheriff suspects poaching

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding a possible poacher. Sheriff Steve Cox reports investigation shows two individuals were a few feet apart from each other outside of a residence near the north end of LIV 237 Monday morning when they heard a bullet buzz past and a distant gunshot. The projectile struck […]

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Call to Missouri Department of Conservation’s Operation Game Thief leads to arrest

The Missouri Department of Conservation credits public cooperation, investigative work, and an anonymous tip for a major poaching arrest near the Lake of the Ozarks. Throughout the month of October, conservation agents who work the area near the Lake of the Ozarks responded to multiple complaints of dead deer with only the heads, tenderloins, and […]

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Penalties increase for poaching in the state of Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri legislature and governor have taken actions to increase penalties for those caught poaching Missouri game animals and other native wildlife species.  Missouri Governor Michael Parson signed HB260 into law July 11. Called the Poaching Bill, it significantly raises fines for those convicted of illegally taking Missouri […]

Illegal Deer Poaching

Missouri’s largest-ever poaching investigation ends in jail time

A Greene County man’s court sentencing in December in Barton and Lawrence Counties are the most recent events in what is one of Missouri’s largest conservation cases involving the illegal taking of deer. On December 13, David Berry Jr. of Brookline received a 120-day sentence in Barton County Circuit Court for a felony firearms probation […]