Night patrol busts illegal hunting activities

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  1. News from the Southeast region

    Published on: Nov. 8, 2010

    Posted by Candice Davis

    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 Thursday evening.

    “We were able to observe two separate spotlighting cases in the same evening, one where it appears the individuals had already poached two deer,†Ivie said.

    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 lightâ€, “taking deer during closed seasonâ€, 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.â€

    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.
  2. mofarmboy

    mofarmboy Active Member

    Nov 18, 2007
    central mo.
    good to hear!!!!!!

  3. 160983

    160983 Guest

    Excellent. The agents like to use the planes to see the spotlights and then call in the posse around here. It has cut down on the poaching ALOT around here.:cheers:
  4. montgohunter

    montgohunter New Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    St. Charles
    this is awesome!! and yeah poaching aint as big as it used to i dont think!:claphands::cheers: i wish montgomery county did a little better job though
  5. Vector

    Vector VECtor Custom Calls

    Feb 11, 2003
    N/C MO
    [rquote=1886764&tid=131444&author=Jusadog]Excellent. The agents like to use the planes to see the spotlights and then call in the posse around here. It has cut down on the poaching ALOT around here.:cheers:[/rquote]

    :eek: PLANES?! :eek:

  6. Gakic24

    Gakic24 Well-Known Member

    [rquote=1886847&tid=131444&author=Parker][rquote=1886764&tid=131444&author=Jusadog]Excellent. The agents like to use the planes to see the spotlights and then call in the posse around here. It has cut down on the poaching ALOT around here.:cheers:[/rquote]

    :eek: PLANES?! :eek:


  7. 160983

    160983 Guest

    Yes - it is funny - but it is from personal experience. We uninvited a tweaker from deer camp one night. When he left he pulled into my buddy's land about 1/4 mile down the road and started spotlighting. We run him off in another vehicle. When we pulled out onto the road we were pulled over by an MDC agent. We stand there in the road and about 4 more MDC trucks pull up. We were questioned by Bill Cambell I believe that night. While we were being questioned, our vehicle was searched for firearms(none were in the vehicle) and about 8 agents were searching a soybean field for poached deer. None found of course.

    Since all they found in the truck was a maglight - he finally realized it wasnt us doing the spotlighting. He was a little Ticked they had all the agents there for nothing. While he was explaining the wildlife code regarding harassing wildlife with artificial light he had a call over the radio about spotlighting. We then said it was probably the same guy we run off and he said no the plane is in another area of the county.

    So yeah -PLANES. Arent you an agent for MDC? Hee hee haw haw.:wave:
  8. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    need to do that around Northern Howard cnty
  9. 20 feet high

    20 feet high CROSSBOW HATER!

    Feb 19, 2009
    operations against illegal hunting activities

    Illegal Hunting Activities:mad2::mad2: Why sugar coat POACHING!!!!
  10. stlhawk

    stlhawk Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Throiw the book at them...