More questions than answers surround a poaching case in which a trophy mule deer buck was left dead along the Boise River, according to the Idaho Fish and Game.
The animal likely died sometime around November 7th -- and Fish and Game officers are appealing to the public for information that could lead to the person or persons responsible.
The dead buck was discovered lying next to the Boise River near Linder Road, not far from the Eagle Island State Park. “The buck was killed with a bullet from a high-powered rifle,” conservation officer Rob Brazie said. “But the evidence suggests the buck was only wounded by the shot, and that it then ran off and died (near Linder Road.)”
Deer hunting in the Linder Road area is for short-range weapons only -– high powered rifles are excluded –- and the buck season closed weeks ago, according to the Fish and Game Department.
The unique antlers on the buck were likely its downfall, but may help bring the poacher(s) to justice. “I’m hopeful that someone will recognize the distinct antlers on this trophy buck and be able to provide us with additional information,” Brazie added.
Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case. In you have information, you are urged to contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous. You can also contact them on Facebook here.
In addition to the CAP hotline, persons with information regarding the case may also contact the Fish and Game Department’s Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays and Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends.