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Missouri Conservation Agents Association

DON'T HUNT OVER BAIT: Opening day of spring turkey season agents around the state were out in full force to make sure hunters were obeying law. Some agents worked together to cover more ground, which is the case below. These agents were out in Laclede County where they caught a turkey hunter hunting over bait. Hunting over bait is illegal. The hunter received a citation, and will not be able to hunt that area until all the bait is removed and he waits for at least ten days after the removal. Learn more about spring turkey regulations here: huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey/regulations. -- Lucas@MDC ... See MoreSee Less

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Missouri Conservation Agents Association

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On the evening of April 13th 2018 Game Warden Billy Bob Walker (Marshall County) received information from the Tishomingo USFWS office about a poached Alligator Snapping Turtle. With a vehicle description and tag number in hand Warden Walker contacted Wardens Curtis Latham (Johnston County) and Trey Hale (Bryan County) to begin looking for the vehicle. Warden Latham was able to locate the vehicle in Tishomingo, Ok.

The Wardens then met up and planned how to approach the house and question the driver of the vehicle linked with the tip received earlier. After questioning the driver of the vehicle the turtle was located in the backyard and confiscated by the wardens.

The driver of the vehicle admitted to catching the turtle on an illegal throw line in the Tishomingo Management Unit, instead of releasing the turtle the fishermen and another individual that was camping at TMU decided to shoot the turtle in the head with a 9mm pistol.

Before issuing citations to the driver, his identification was ran through Johnston County dispatch. The driver was positive for active warrants, so in addition to wildlife charges he was also taken to Johnston County Jail where he will have to face all of his charges.

After booking the first suspect into jail Wardens Walker, Latham, and Hale went to the campsite of the second suspect who had shot the turtle with his handgun. After questioning the individual about shooting the turtle, he admitted that he shot the turtle with his 9mm handgun. He was then issued citations for the illegal taking of the endangered alligator snapping turtle.

Both of the individuals in this investigation received citations for the killing of the endangered turtle at $989.00 each plus up to $5000 for restitution each.

The Alligator Snapping Turtle that was killed weighted approximately 78 lbs which would indicate that the turtle would be approximately 75-80 years old.

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Call Operation Game Thief
1-800-522-8039 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on week days or your local warden can be reached 24/7 by phone or text!

www.wildlifedepartment.com/law/game-warden-directory

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