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14-Year-Old Missouri Girl Mistakenly Shoots Bull Elk in Boone County

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Don White

This lone elk was 200 miles away from the Peck Ranch herd.

A 14-year-old girl, hunting with her father, shot a bull elk Nov. 11 after she mistook it for a buck whitetail deer. Upon realizing the misidentification, her father Don White summoned a conservation officer.

There’s no current hunting season for elk, but officials introduced a herd to the state back in 2011 at the Peck Ranch Conservation Area. The father and daughter were hunting 200 miles from this herd when the lone elk went down.

The young hunter doesn’t currently face any charges, and officials are conducting tests on the bull elk to establish where it originated from and whether any diseases are present in it’s system.

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14-Year-Old Missouri Girl Mistakenly Shoots Bull Elk in Boone County