Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting

MO: Agents shine light on illegal hunting practices

November 17, 2009

Agents shine light on illegal hunting practices By BRENT FRAZEE The Kansas City Star NEVADA, Mo. | Justin Fogle, a conservation agent for the Missouri Department of Conservation, was on night patrol.

Sitting in the passenger seat of the agency’s plane, he stared out the window and strained to see signs of poaching activity.

When a spotlight swept across a dark field, he found it.


Fogle pulled out and ticketed the driver for a common offense during the days leading up to deer season: attempting to use a spotlight to get deer to freeze and become vulnerable to a rifle shot.

“The violators admitted right away that they were trying to spotlight deer,” Fogle said. “They told me they do it every night.”

• • •

A week before the Missouri deer opener, Fogle and Farr were taking their search for poachers to the sky.

Fogle, who is the agent in Vernon County, had received several reports of deer carcasses with their heads cut off being found by landowners. And he knew what that meant.

“Our county is up near the top in the state in Boone and Crockett (a record book) bucks in the state,” he said. “We’ll have poachers who will go out just for the antlers.

“They’ll spotlight a deer, shoot it and just cut off the head.”

• • •

That’s also when the illegal activity reaches its peak. Last year, conservation agents wrote 1,899 tickets for deer-hunting violations in the 11-day statewide firearms season alone. That doesn’t include the days leading up to the season.

• • •

“Anywhere there’s a lot of deer and a lot of hunters, you’re going to have violations,” he said. “I don’t want to make this sound like an outlaw county.

Return to Hunting Accident Index

Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


Home  |  About  |  Campaigns  |  Crisis Center  |  Activists  |  Media  |  Hunting Accidents  |  Newsletter

P.O. Box 13815, Las Cruces, NM 88013
Phone: 575-640-7372

C.A.S.H. is a committee of Wildlife Watch, Inc.
a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Corporation.
Contributions are tax-deductible.

All content copyright C.A.S.H. unless otherwise noted.

We welcome your comments

Thank you for visiting all-creatures.org

Sponsored & Maintained by The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation