No hunting or fishing for those not paying child support

5 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Monday, November 10 2014 Nov 10, 2014 Monday, November 10, 2014 5:30:00 PM CST November 10, 2014 in News
By: Katie Moeller, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Not complying with child support laws could result in a surprising consequence.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently revoked or suspended the hunting and fishing privileges of 415 people who didn't pay child support when they were supposed to.

Columbia resident Jack Kurzejewski, who is not one of those affected, said hunting and fishing are two of his favorite things to do.

"Coming out here, away from the stresses of life, and being around nature, I feel lucky when I get to spend days like this," he said.

Kurzejewki said he thinks it's fair that the Missouri Department of Conservation revoked the licenses.

"If you're not taking care of your children like you're supposed to, I don't think you should be able to do just about anything."

According to Kurzejewski, hunting and fishing aren't cheap hobbies.

"My arrows cost about $25 dollars each, and my bow holds five arrows, so by the time you add in the cost of the actual bow, it starts getting really expensive," he said.

Missouri Department of Conservation Tim Ripperger said the department is simply following a state statute that calls for suspending the hunting and fishing licenses of those who aren't following child support laws.

"The statute basically orders child support enforcement to notify us when people don't pay up," he said.

Ripperger said, after that, the rest of the process is in the conservation department's hands.

"When we get the names of people who aren't paying, we cross check those names with people who have hunting and fishing licenses," he said.

Kurzejewski said he couldn't believe that so many people aren't paying child support.

"415 people? I can't imagine that so many people aren't taking care of their kids. And that's just the ones with hunting and fishing licenses."

Ripperger said if a hunting or fishing license is suspended or revoked, people do have a chance to have those privileges reinstated.

"All they have to do is pay whatever child support they have failed to," he said. "Then we return the hunting and fishing privileges after we have proof that they've actually paid."

Ripperger said he has observed some positive results from the statute.

"Sometimes, when MDC revokes people's hunting or fishing licenses, they really don't like it," he said. "They don't like it so much, they make a point to immediately pay up on child support."

Kurzejewski said he would do just about anything to keep his hunting and fishing privileges.

"I love to hunt and fish. I'd never want to do anything that could take that away," he said. "But never mind hunting and fishing. Skipping out on your kids just isn't something you do."

 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- The hotel industry has taken a massive hit as people continue to abide by stay-at-home orders during the... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:50:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding remains a concern in several states along the Missouri River, even though the weather has... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are heroes rescuing others from these tough times. A South Kansas City grocery store... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:02:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police believe no one is injured after they investigated a shots fired call on Wednesday night. Police... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 8:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri Executive Director Lindsay Lopez about the growing... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 7:49:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 continues to change daily life, many people are turning to their faith for solace. But... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:39:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri’s health chief said Wednesday that he is directing medical professionals to provide racial data about... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel in Boonville has temporarily shut down business operations and implemented furloughs... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:04:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The road to recovery from addiction can be hard. Now COVID-19 is bringing more challenges to those fighting... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 4:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Parson is continuing to address the daily changes happening in Missouri due to COVID-19. On... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - City and county officials gave an update on COVID-19 on Wednesday during a virtual press conference. Columbia... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has made changes to its day-to-day operations since the "Stay Home Order" went into... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:52:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Roots N Blues Festival mourned the loss of famed sing-songwriter John Prine, who died Tuesday due to... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A 16-year-old was arrested on charges of 2nd degree murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 11:51:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have returned to the state Capitol to work on an emergency coronavirus funding bill.... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 11:17:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:43:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:31:00 AM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
4am 47°
5am 45°
6am 44°
7am 42°