(West Plains) – Missouri conservation agents conducted an archery compliance check in Howell, Phelps and Texas Counties over the Veterans Day weekend.
Protection District Supervisor, Jerry Elliott, said this compliance check was very similar to checks the agents conduct at trout parks when they check all resource users. As deer were reported on Telecheck, the MDC’s automated deer and turkey harvest data system, a pair of agents would dispatch to the hunter’s address to verify the harvest and make sure it was taken in compliance with the Wildlife Code.
The group patrol was conducted Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, checking a total of 37 deer and resulting in several violations, citations and warnings.
Agents discovered a total of 16 violations which resulted in 13 citations and three warnings written during the compliance check. Seven violations were a result of individuals hunting without a permit or with an invalid permit, one illegally possessed wildlife, three for taking deer in closed season, two failed to tag or check their harvest, one was cited for use of bait while hunting, one for taking more than their limit and one felon was in violation for illegal possession of a firearm.
Firearms deer season opens this Saturday, Nov. 16, and ends Nov. 26. The first portion of the Archery deer season ends today. The second archery deer season is Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2014.
For more information about deer hunting in Missouri, go online to mdc.mo.gov.