Quimbee logo with url
From our private database of 14,500+ case briefs...

Missouri v. Guffey

Missouri Court of Appeals
262 S.W.2d 152 (1953)


Missouri conservation law contains a provision that makes it illegal to hunt deer during certain periods of the year. To entrap poachers, conservation agents stood a stuffed deer in a field adjacent to and visible from the road. The agents hid in the woods near the fake deer to await potential poachers. The agents saw a car driving slowly along the road, sweeping the fields with two spotlights. When one of the light beams fell on the stuffed animal, the agents heard a voice say, “Wait, there stands one.” The car stopped, and one defendant fired a shotgun at the fake deer. The agents arrested the defendants for unlawfully hunting deer off-season. The agents seized the spotlights, a flashlight, the shotgun, an empty shell, and a loaded shell from the car. The defendants were convicted of violating the conservation statute and appealed to the Missouri Court of Appeals. The defendants argued that no law was violated, because the deer was not a real deer.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Vandeventer, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 264,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,500 briefs, keyed to 196 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.