Deer Poaching & Deer Carcasses

(Bixby) It’s getting late in Missouri’s firearms deer season and for those that haven’t tagged a buck or doe yet, may be feeling desperate and could be looking to bend the rules by illegally taking a deer.

Sarah Ettinger-Dietzel is the conservation agent for Iron County.

She explains what to do if landowners or citizens are witnesses to a poaching event.

Many poachers tend to cut out a deer tenderloin and dump the rest of the carcass.

That practice is also illegal in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says illegal dumping of deer carcasses is common this time of year.

Unlawful disposal of a deer carcass is a Class C misdemeanor which can result in up to 15 days in jail and a fine of up to 700-dollars.

Conservation officials also say proper disposal of deer carcasses can help stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

Tuesday is the last day of firearms deer season in the Show-Me State.