Springdale Residents Arrested In Arkansas Elk-Poaching Case

Poached Arkansas Elk
Poached Arkansas Elk

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

JASPER, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- Three Springdale residents have been arrested for poaching two bull elk in north-central Arkansas. The dead elk were found earlier this year on a county road near the Newton/Madison county line.

Arrested in the case were Rebecca Burkett, 27, her husband, Clifford Lee Burkett, 52, and Joyce Stout, 57.

Rebecca Burkett was charged with fleeing a wildlife officer, taking of elk prohibited, criminal trespass, hunting wildlife in closed season, aiding and abetting, hunting from the road and big game checking requirements. Clifford Lee Burkett was charged with hunting out of season, criminal trespass, and aiding, accompanying and abetting.

Joyce Stout was charged with hunting from the road, fleeing an officer, criminal trespass, hunting wildlife in a closed season, taking of elk prohibited, big game checking requirements, criminal trespass, and aiding accompanying and abetting.

Possible fines for Rebecca Burkett total $12,870, potential fines for Clifford Burkett total $5,000 and Joyce Stout faces fines of $6,420.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers responded to calls from local landowners Jan. 29 after the landowners noticed two dead elk on private property. Both elk had been shot. One elk had tenderloins removed and there was evidence that the head was in the process of being removed.

Several pieces of evidence were recovered at the scene that helped lead to the arrests. AGFC biologists also responded to collect chronic wasting disease samples and DNA evidence from each animal. Both elk were found to be CWD-negative.

After evidence was collected, both animals were processed in the field and the meat was salvaged and donated.

During the investigation, a third poached bull elk was found in a storage building in Springdale.

  • 7 thoughts on “Springdale Residents Arrested In Arkansas Elk-Poaching Case

    1. Only taking the backstraps?? I hope they get more than fines. I hope they lose their guns, their truck, and their hunting privileges for life. Jail time would be a bonus, but might impact children, so maybe probation?

    2. Make examples of them! Max fines and max jail time. These animals were basically stolen from the public. Because of these POS people will no longer have the opportunity to view these magnificent animals in the wild.


        1. Yes in this country wildlife and game are shared resources of the people. Poaching is stealing from all US citizens.

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