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.
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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.