Missouri Deer Poacher Sentenced to Monthly Bambi Screenings

Missouri Deer Poacher Sentenced to Monthly Bambi Screenings

Conservation agents have called the case one of the largest related to deer poaching in the state's history.

The investigation also yielded charges against Berry's father, David Berry Sr., and both have had their fishing and trapping privileges revoked for life by the Missouri Conservation Commission. This past October, Berry pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in prison, with the sentence suspended for two years probation.

A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer.

Bambi is a 1942 animated film about a young deer whose mother is shot dead by a hunter during his first winter.

A Missouri hunter involved in the illegal killing of "several hundred deer" over the years must watch the Disney classic "Bambi" once a month while he remains behind bars.

Over almost nine years, David Berry and his two sons, David Berry Jr and Kyle Berry, killed the deer, mostly at night, then cut off their heads and antlers - leaving the bodies to rot where they fell. A fifth defendant, Jerimiah Cline, who is accused of assisting the Berrys and taking wildlife himself, had his hunting privileges revoked for five years.

David Berry Jr will watching Bambi once a month in prison. Pic Lawrence County Jail
Image David Berry Jr will watching Bambi once a month in prison. Pic Lawrence County Jail

According to court records, Berry's predicament stretches back to 2016, when he was busted for illegally killing wildlife in Lawrence County and charged with a misdemeanor.

Randy Doman, the state's conservation protection division chief, told the News-Leader that this type of poaching is nothing more than seeking out a "trophy".

He added: 'Taking just the heads is their version of obtaining a "trophy" and leaving the carcass behind is merely an afterthought.

If Berry Jr. stays in for his full sentence of 16 months, he should be able to recite all of the lines from the Disney classic. "While there are some cases where poachers go after the antlers for profit, with this bunch it was more about the thrill of the kill itself".

Berry Jr. was sentenced to 120 days in prison by the Barton County Circuit Court for a firearms violation, which will be served in addition to his year sentence. Bambi's father warns him that "man" is back and they must flee.

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