Hunter Harassment Laws in Missouri


In Missouri it is illegal to interfere with lawful hunting, fishing, and trapping. It is suggested that you do not escalate the situation, try to video the incident, and call your local law enforcement or your regional conservation agent, see picture below.
The information below is directly from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Until December 31, 2016--Interference with lawful hunting, fishing or trapping in the first degree--penalty.

    578.151. 1. It is the intent of the general assembly of the state of Missouri to recognize that all persons shall have the right to hunt, fish and trap in this state in accordance with law and the rules and regulations made by the commission as established in article IV of the Constitution of Missouri.
    2. Any person who intentionally interferes with the lawful taking of wildlife by another is guilty of the crime of interference with lawful hunting, fishing or trapping in the first degree.
    3. It shall be considered a violation of this section to intentionally harass, drive, or disturb any game animal or fish for the purpose of disrupting lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.
    4. Interference with lawful hunting, fishing or trapping in the first degree is a class A misdemeanor.

Until December 31, 2016--Interference with lawful hunting, fishing or trapping in the second degree--penalty.

    578.152. 1. Any person who enters or remains in a hunting, fishing or trapping area where lawful hunting, fishing or trapping may occur with the intent to interfere with the lawful taking of wildlife is guilty of the crime of interference with lawful hunting, fishing or trapping in the second degree.
    2. Interference with lawful hunting, fishing or trapping in the second degree is a class B misdemeanor.

Until December 31, 2016--Peace officer's and conservation agent's powers to enforce--failure to obey peace officer or conservation agent, penalty.

    578.153. 1. A peace officer as defined by chapter 590 who reasonably believes that a person has violated section 578.151 or 578.152 may order the person to desist. Failure to obey the order of a peace officer to desist from conduct in violation of sections 578.151 and 578.152 shall be a class A misdemeanor.
    2. Any law enforcement officer shall and any agent of the conservation commission may enforce the provisions of sections 578.151, 578.152 and this section and arrest violators of such sections.
    3. The conduct declared unlawful by sections 578.151 and 578.152 shall not include any lawful activity by the landowner or persons in lawful possession of the land.

Criminal statues will be updating in 2017 however the current Hunter Harassment Laws in Missouri will not be changing.

Contact the Missouri Department of Conservation

Thanks for following along, Sarah.
June 25th, 2015

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