Elk poachers from Missouri get large fines
Three Missouri men were fined $2,851.50 each and assessed 30 points each against their hunting privileges after being ticketed for illegally killing bull elk last fall while possessing only cow elk licenses.
According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Craig A. Buzzard, 43, Derek B. Buzzard, 35, and Derek L. Crockett, 28, all of Lamar, Mo., were reported by other hunters Oct. 28, shortly after the three men had left Colorado.
Acting on that information, DOW officer Tom Knowles investigated the area near East Miller Creek where the men had been reported hunting. During his investigation, Knowles recovered three bull elk carcasses, ballistic evidence and DNA samples. “We were fortunate that other hunters in the area were able to give us descriptions of the men and their vehicle,” Knowles said. “Without the watchful eyes of true sportsmen, we might never have found out about this crime.”
After determining where the men were from, Knowles contacted the Missouri Department of Conservation for assistance. Missouri officers obtained evidence and statements from the men confirming they had illegally shot and killed the three bull elk. Missouri Conservation Officer Scott Brown seized the elk meat and heads from the men. All three men were issued citations for hunting without a proper license and illegal possession of wildlife.
The men now face the loss of hunting privileges in Colorado and 34 other states belonging to the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact.
Colorado law says anyone accumulating more than 20 points against their license within a five-year period could lose their hunting privileges from one year or more.