By Dave Marner
One of two men suspected of illegally harvesting a 13-point buck deer on Monday afternoon along Rehmert Road has confessed, according to Gasconade County Sheriff Randy Esphorst.
“The deer was taken from a public roadway,” said Conservation Agent Jason Eikermann of the incident reported at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 22. “There was public cooperation and the deer was seized into evidence.”
Eikermann said both men were from the Bland area and were issued summonses alleging illegal taking of wildlife by poaching. By Missouri Department of Conservation policy, he was unable to release their names until their cases have “gone through the court system.”
Esphorst said the two men could face additional charges for trespassing and, for one man, a “possible felon in possession of a firearm,” charge.
Eikermann said the deer was discovered whole. The carcass was taken by a nearby landowner for processing.
Eikermann said there have been two or three other yet unsolved incidents in the county this fall where headless deer were discovered after poachers apparently removed the deer’s antlers and left the body.
Esphorst said the man who admitted to shooting the deer is a 41-year-old convicted felon. The other man is 49-years-old. Both men had entered onto private property to retrieve the deer, according to Eikermann.