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Turkey hunter who shot jogger in St. Charles County violated regulations, officials say | Saint Charles








Mike Petty, 35, of Wentzville, walks the Lewis and Clark Trail with his dogs, Bella and Drogs on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. On May 8, 2021, a jogger was shot dead in the area by a turkey hunter. (Jesse Bogan, [email protected])


WELDON SPRING – According to an incident report from the Missouri Department of Conservation obtained Wednesday, the man who pulled a jogger on the Lewis and Clark Trail over the weekend may have violated regulations by hunting turkey unless 100 feet from a designated trail.

Mark A. Polson, 58, from Arnold, told game ranger Kevin Eulinger he walked along the popular trail in the Weldon Spring Conservation Area around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday as he walked along the popular trail in the Weldon Spring Conservation Area around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. he “had taken a few steps.” venture into the woods. Polson told Eulinger that he soon heard and saw a male turkey take off.

As the bird flew left to right, Polson said he fired a 12-gauge shotgun in the direction of the hiking trail. Immediately after, he said, he heard a person screaming. That person was Fred J. Cay, 47, a jogger from O’Fallon, Missouri, who was lying on the ground, hit by three pellets from a shotgun explosion.

Two of the pellets entered Cay’s chest cavity, according to the Conservation Department’s incident report. Authorities said Polson provided assistance, called 911 and helped evacuate Cay from the hilly area.

After Cay was taken by helicopter to a hospital, Polson returned Eulinger to the area he thought he was standing when he fired his gun.

“Mr. Polson could not remember the precise spot from which he fired, nor whether he had immediately ejected the shell from his ‘pistol,’ Eulinger wrote in the report.