SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — She saw the antlers and a big brown body in the bushes.
And with one shot from her rifle Saturday, Abby Wilson, 14, killed what she thought was a very large white-tailed buck.
It wasn’t. It was an elk.
“She called her dad, who was hunting nearby, and her dad realized it was an elk,” said Tom Strother, protection regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation. “The dad called our agent in Boone County, Adam Doerhoff, and said, ‘We think we just shot an elk.'”
Doerhoff said he was surprised to get that call and thought it probably wasn’t an elk, noting that animal misidentifications are very common.
Missouri has no hunting season for elk, though MDC is growing a herd in southeast Missouri after reintroducing elk to their native habitat at Peck Ranch Conservation Area in 2011.
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