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Conservation Agents Ramp Up Enforcement with New Method

Overpass Compliance Check

Published on: Jan. 4, 2011

The last couple of years, conservation agents have implemented a new enforcement tool to check for transportation and Telecheck permit compliance. The process goes like this. Spotters stand on the shoulder of a highway overpass and observe vehicles traveling below them. If a spotter sees a deer or parts of a deer in plain view or attached to a vehicle or trailer, they radio a description of the vehicle to agents positioned on down ramps. An alerted agent then stops and checks the deer and hunters for compliance with current deer transportation regulations.

Central Region Protection staff conducted an overpass compliance check in 2010 in Callaway County. Conservation agents stopped 37 vehicles, and the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department stopped an additional five. Seventy-seven individuals were accounted for in those stops, with 54 harvested deer observed. Law enforcement agents observed 23 resource violations and one other violation. They wrote 12 warnings and issued nine resource citations during this special patrol. Written warnings were given for failure to attach the remainder of the permit with the Telecheck confirmation number to the harvest. Citations were issued for hunting without permit, illegal transport of deer or parts thereof, violation of the four-point restriction and failure to tag immediately. Five illegal deer were seized and given to needy families in Callaway County. The Missouri Department of Conservation was assisted by the Callaway Sheriff's Department with support from the Fulton Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Most violations observed during this patrol could have been avoided by reading the most current deer regulations that are printed every year and available at all permit vendors or Missouri Department of Conservation offices. However, some of the violations observed were deliberate. Because of this, conservation agents will continue to use the overpass compliance check to deter poaching.

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Comments

On January 31st, 2011 at 2:35am Anonymous said:

How many tax payer dollars were spent to catch these minor violations verses the no wage raise and higher insurance premiums for all state workers?

On January 5th, 2011 at 8:09pm Anonymous said:

GOOD! Happy to see that they're enforcing the rules. WE as outdoorsman need to be setting the example both through ethics and hunter etiquite. All we need is for some bunny loving, tree hugging hippie to see someone doing something wrong and record it and post on YouTube........then we will have hell to pay.

On January 5th, 2011 at 7:05pm Matt G. said:

I'm glad to hear it. We are blessed with long seasons and abundant game populations. Everyone should follow the rules. Its nice to know that the MDC is out there working to catch the minority that make the rest of us look bad. Keep up the good work!

On January 5th, 2011 at 2:37pm Anonymous said:

Good job to all that was involved in this operation. I thought that the telecheck system would make it easy for people who harvested deer illegally to get away with it glad to hear that they are not.

On January 5th, 2011 at 12:20pm Anonymous said:

Way to go. I am a Hunter Ed Instructor and we make sure students understand that MDC Agents are Law Enforcement. We also ask them to be discrete when transporting deer as part of the ethics portion and responsibility to non-hunters. We also alert them that now that telechecking is the method for checking deer and turkey, it allows the Agents to be more active in ensuring that all hunters are obeying the laws. So it's not like they haven't been warned.
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