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MDC Seeks Help Identifying Poacher

Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Matt Franks recently responded to a call from a landowner who found a mature whitetail buck dead on his property. Franks is the Conservation Agent for Howell County. He determined the deer, a 13-point trophy animal, had been shot with a rifle from State Highway JJ near the intersection of State Highway 142 in southern Howell County. The incident is believed to have occurred during the evening of August 13. In an interview with Howell County News on August 20, Agent Franks confirmed the investigation is ongoing. 
MDC asks anyone with information on this violation to contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111. Tips will remain anonymous, and reporting parties may ask to be considered for a reward. 
“The hotline is the best way to report any type of wildlife violation,” Agent Franks told Howell County News. This particular violation would be considered a Class A misdemeanor which will be subject to fines and possibly restitution.
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