Decoy deer draws fire across state line

Posted at 11:49 AM, Oct 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-15 13:49:39-04

A deer that recently landed an Idaho hunter a $790 citation draws fire from poachers who see its mechanical movements across the state line in Wyoming.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the Wyoming Game and Fish Department decoy was set up on Idaho's opening day for deer hunting.

Department official Mark Gocke says the man who fired the shot fled after spotting law enforcement.

The man was stopped for firing at a deer in a closed hunt area.

He was cited for taking a deer without a license and warned for shooting from a public roadway.

About 40 percent of hunters fired shots at the decoy deer during stings in 2013 and 2015.