Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

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Authorities have been on the Berry's case since 2015, when they started to investigate deer-poaching in Lawrence County after a tip-off.

Randy Dorman from the Missouri Department of Conservation said they heads were taken as trophies to feed their "greed and ego".

It is unclear why Berry Jr was singled out to watch the 76-year-old Disney movie ad nauseam.

Fourteen people have been ensnared in a multi-year investigation of illegal hunting spanning Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Canada.

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 judge in the U.S. state of Missouri has sentenced a prolific poacher to repeat screenings of Bambi, the Walt Disney classic weepy about a fawn whose mother is slain by a hunter.

Lawerence County Sheriff  APDavid Berry Jr. is seen in this undated police handout
Lawerence County Sheriff APDavid Berry Jr. is seen in this undated police handout

David Berry Jr. was one of three men from a southwest Missouri family convicted in what the state's Conservation Department called one of its "largest conservation cases involving the illegal taking of deer".

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

In the press release, Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter estimated that Berry and the family poaching ring killed hundreds of deer over a three-year period and that the hunters weren't after the meat.

Berry had already seen his hunting privileges revoked for past wildlife infractions and was on probation. In total, the other co-conspirators faced a litany of charges and paid almost US$200,000 (NZ$293,000) in bonds and fines and served 33 days in jail, according to the department of conservation. Fortunately, the two escape, and Bambi and Faline end up having children of their own together.

David Berry Jr. was told to watch the classic animated movie at least once every month during his one-year jail sentence.

The Missouri Conservation Commission has revoked Berry's and his father's hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for life, it said in the statement. Intentionally leaving or abandoning any portion of wildlife that is commonly used as human food is prohibited.

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