Department Considers Hunting Appeal
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri hunters have more options after a judge's decision about hunting rules regarding dogs and cars. The Missouri Department of Conservation said Friday it is still not sure if it will fight the judge's ruling. A Ripley County judge ruled in early August that state regulations keeping deer hunters from using dogs and vehicles to hunt is unconstitutional. The state put the regulations in place to keep hunters from driving vehicles through the woods, scaring deer with dogs, or shooting the deer from cars.
Those violations were previously Class "A" misdemeanors, but for now, the regulations are no longer in effect.
Two hunters, Neil Turner and Bob "Shannon" Jones, sued the Department of Conservation over the regulations.
Their attorney said the regulations are confusing to both the hunters and agents who enforce the rules, and the judge agreed.