4 trophy deer poached, left to waste north of Hardin

4 trophy deer poached, left to waste north of Hardin

Poached mule deer

Four trophy mule deer bucks were killed illegally and left to waste north of Hardin on Oct. 24, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

The four dead deer were found on private property near the Sarpy Creek Mine in Big Horn County. FWP game wardens believe two perpetrators drove a silver or gray Ford Excursion SUV from the early to mid 2000s while committing the crimes.

Suspect vehicle

The poachers removed the head from one deer and left all four to waste. The poaching occurred two days before the general rifle season opened.

FWP is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to a conviction in the crimes. Anyone with information may call FWP game warden Jake Barzen at 406-860-7796 or anonymously report to FWP’s 24-hour crime-reporting line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where people can report violations of fish, wildlife, or park regulations. Callers may remain anonymous. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in conviction of persons who abuse Montana's natural, historic or cultural resources.


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