Montana Wardens Seek Information on Mule Deer Poaching

Montana Poached Mule Deer Buck
Montana Poached Mule Deer Buck

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

USA -(Ammoland.com)- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking any information regarding multiple mule deer killed in McCone County in the evening hours of Sat., Oct. 14. At least eight deer were found, including one fawn still barely alive, that were shot with a shotgun.

The deer were found scattered over two miles near road 528 in northern McCone County, on the north end of the Remuda Twitchell BMA, about 10 miles east of Hwy 24.

A local resident reported the dead deer early Sunday morning to the area Block Management Technician Dave Walter, who then contacted local warden Todd Tryan. Tryan spent most of the day Sunday gathering evidence at the crime scene.

Four mule deer fawns and two does were found dead. One fawn was found still alive, and had to be dispatched by Tryan. The buck was found on Monday morning, and FWP personnel are still searching for more injured or dead deer.

“I've seen senseless killing before in my 10 years, but this incident ranks right up there among the worst,” said Tryan. “I'm also tired having to put wounded animals like that fawn out of their misery, all because of blatant disregard for Montana's public resources.”

Along road 528 near the incident, 22 spent 12-gauge shells were found, and all were of a load typically used for pheasants.

“This type of cartridge would never be used for big game, so these animals likely suffered considerably,” said Tryan. “With the number of spent shells found, there could very likely be many more deer that were injured or have since died. We are still looking.”

Montana Poached Mule Deer Doe
Montana Poached Mule Deer Doe

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call warden Tryan directly at 406-263-0067, or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

“This was a completely senseless and pointless act of killing Montana’s game animals needlessly and illegally,” said Region 6 warden captain Ron Howell. “The individual(s) that did this are poachers. Hunters didn’t do this. We challenge the public to help provide more information on this case and others, so we can hold these individual(s) accountable for their actions.”

Montana Injured Mule Deer Fawn
Montana Injured Mule Deer Fawn

Photos by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Warden Todd Tryan.

This is a senseless act. Please help us find that people who did this.

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It would be much better if they shot at each other rather than a defenceless deer. I believe in hunting for the purpose of bringing the meat to your table(however, my wife won’t eat venison) but that is my problem and why I quit hunting a few years ago. The deer still pass through my yard and upset my dogs and they eat my grass in the winter but they are furry friends. The coyotes like to chase them and have devastated the wild turkey population. I would shoot one of them if I ever got a chance.

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That happens to be a Whitetail Buck in the photo .

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Why would someone do that with such a precious resource. Some people just deserve the rope. Should be plenty of evidence, finger prints on spent shells, the kind of spent shells, tracks, tire tracks, and who is in a position to stay up all night? Anybody talk about not wanting deer on their place? Anybody brag? Whose property? Anybody hear all that shooting?

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Thats sad. What is wrong with people. Cruelty is what it is. I always try to make the best shot possible to not let the deer suffer at all and never let the meat spoil, and u got these morons doing it for fun and not even doing anything with the meat.