Missouri appeals court puts deer hunting ruling on hold

Friday, November 12, 2010 | 3:43 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri appeals court has put on hold a judge's ruling that struck down state regulations against the use of dogs and vehicles while hunting deer.

The firearms deer season begins Saturday in Missouri.

On Friday, the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals stayed the effect of an Aug. 5 ruling by a Ripley County judge while the appeals process continues.

The judge had ruled certain regulations unconstitutional because they were vague and overly broad. At issue are regulations that prohibit "motor-driven air, land or water conveyances" while deer hunting and which say deer cannot be "hunted, pursued, taken or killed with the aid of dogs."

The judges ruling was rendered moot by the stay, meaning the use of vehicles and dogs will still be prohibited while hunting.

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Ellis Smith November 12, 2010 | 10:18 p.m.

If the present explosion of the state's deer population continues it will be possible to walk from Kansas City to St. Louis without touching the ground, simply by stepping from the back of one deer to the back of another.

But we've solved that problem, folks. We are preparing to release elk in southern Missouri. Hit an elk at 70 mph - the car's speed, dummy, not the elk's - and see what happens.

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