Springfield, Missouri: A concerned citizen called the Missouri poacher tip line to report a massive amount of squirrels being shot.
A group of 16 out-of-state hunters was cited for exceeding the limit of squirrels.
Francis Skalicky with the Missouri Department of Conservation says agents found the group after two days of hunting with 471 squirrels harvested.
The regulations say that each hunter can take ten squirrels per day and a total position limit of 20 squirrels. Each squirrel must be separated by each hunter, not in a large pile.
The group had 151 squirrels over the limit.
“It diminishes the opportunity for people who want to squirrel hunt the right way, the legal way,” Skalicky says. “I mean, this was a massive overtaking of squirrels.”
“People who don’t hunt, who maybe don’t quite understand hunting, they see something like this, and they say all hunters are irresponsible,” Skalicky says. “No, they’re not. This is just the minority of hunters that do things the wrong way.”
”Some people may look at this and say it’s just squirrels,” Skalicky says. “Well, squirrels are game animals, and in the Missouri hunting laws there’s no game animals that are less important than other game animals.”