The Idaho Fish and Game is asking the public for help regarding the illegal killing of a mule deer buck in Lincoln County. This buck was left to waste in hunting Unit 52.
On November 10th, 2022, IDFG officials received a report of a mule deer lying off the side of the road. At that point, officials responded to the area. The deer was killed next to a BLM road in Lincoln County, in Unit 52, near Black Butte. This Unit had a controlled muzzleloader hunt that was open at the time the officials arrived on the scene. However, the carcass was fully intact and there seemed to be no effort made to recover the animal or its meat.
During the investigation, officials found that the buck had most likely been shot with a muzzleloader. Likewise, the deer was shot on either the evening of November 9th or the morning of November 10th. With the kill sight being so close to the road, officials believe this is a clear case of wanton waste.
“We don’t have much information to go on about this incident. Which is why we ask the public for their assistance. Often someone knows something that can help us understand the circumstances surrounding the killing, and in this case, waste of game.” – Officer Cody Smith
The IDFG asks anyone with information about this incident to contact the District Officer Alex Head at (208) 320-8877. Likewise, you can contact Officer Cody Smith at (208) 539-4416. Lastly, you can call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999.
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