Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch movie 'Bambi'

Pablo Tucker
December 18, 2018

Officials say it is one of the largest such cases ever investigated by the state of Missouri.

Authorities have no idea how many deer the Berry family and their associates illegally killed in the fields and forests of southern Missouri over the last decade, but the details of their poaching operation would make any animal lover's stomach turn. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the investigation has tied 14 Missouri residents to over 230 criminal charges that occurred in 11 Missouri counties.

Berry Jr. was the only one the judge ordered to watch the classic Walt Disney movie.


"The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste", said Don Trotter, the Lawrence County prosecutor in the case.

Berry, along with three family members, was busted by police following a multi-year poaching investigation, which saw the gang target young bucks.

Berry, 29, was one of three men convicted for the crimes, and pleaded guilty.


"Defendant is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during Defendants incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail", George wrote.

David Berry Jr was ordered to watch the Disney classic Bambi at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence. But his experience with hunters isn't over with the mournful death of his mother. According to the News Leader, they have paid $51,000 in fines and court costs. Separated from Faline, his love interest, Bambi later finds her cornered by a pack of hunting dogs and has to fight them off. Fortunately, the two escape, and Bambi and Faline end up having children of their own together.

The Missouri Conservation Commission has revoked Berry's and his father's hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for life, it said in the statement. Now, in addition to his mandated Bambi viewings in Lawrence County, Berry is scheduled to serve an additional 120 days in jail in Barton County for violating his earlier probation.


In Missouri, there are numerous regulations for hunting, including which weapons can be used and what tactics can be used to attract animals.

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