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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Poaching 83-Pound Flathead Catfish with Bow

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Investigation finds man was illegally bowfishing.

A Missouri man pleaded guilty after the Missouri Department of Conservation says he shot an 83 pound flathead catfish while illegally bow fishing.

Anthony Stacy allegedly took the catfish, as well as three bass and one other catfish during different trips last June on Clearwater Lake in Reynolds County. At the time, Stacy claimed on Facebook he caught the monster with a limb line while fishing with his son.

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But authorities were apparently suspicious, and perhaps rightly so. Stacy has a staggering 13 other wildlife law violation cases pending in two other Missouri Counties, St. Francois and Jefferson. In addition to the bowfishing incident and other pending cases, Stacy has three other conservation violations in Missouri according to KFVS News.

After an investigation into the catfish, which Stacy claimed died from the stress of the incident, it was eventually found he had shot the massive catfish with a bow. Bowfishing is not legal in Missouri.

“This man’s actions took away the potential for a fisherman to legally catch a once in a lifetime fish,” lead investigator in the case, agent Tyler Harding told the news station.

After the guilty plea, Stacy was fined $500 in the incident. It’s not clear what his other alleged wildlife crimes were.

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Poaching 83-Pound Flathead Catfish with Bow