Deer Hunters Nail Moose Poachers

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Two deer hunters gave up their final evening of hunting to catch some moose poachers recently.

The incident began when Steven Fitzwater and K.C. Carter of Orem heard a group of hunters shoot near their camp near Currant Creek, which is east of Strawberry Reservoir in north central Utah.

The pair drove to the area and found three men and one woman. They asked them if they had just killed a deer. After being told "yes," they offered their assistance but were told it wasn't needed.

An hour later, the same group of hunters drove past Fitzwater and Carter but there was no deer in their vehicle. Fitzwater and Carter drove back to the area where the shooting occurred and saw a calf moose standing near her dead mother. The two men then raced to find the poachers. They eventually did and obtained vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers.

After getting in contact with Division of Wildlife Resources' Conservation Officer Paul Davis, they took Davis back to the area and the poachers were apprehended. The hunting party confessed to shooting and leaving the cow moose.

"Our fathers and grandfathers have hunted this area," Fitzwater and Carter said. "We were raised to do the right thing when it comes to poaching."

They were able to identify the poachers and help bring them to justice. The two men will be rewarded through the Division of Wildlife Resources' Help Stop Poaching program.

If convicted, all four poachers face jail time, restitution in the amount of $8,000 and loss of their hunting privileges


hunter25's picture

Good job to these guys for

Good job to these guys for giving up their valuable last hours of hunting to do the right thing and turn these guys in. There are too few moose out there and some of us have put in for many many years wating for a a tag and than have someone else just drive out and shoot one. They may claim it as a case of mistaken identity but there is no excuse for not making sure of your target and even worse to leave an animal like this to rot because of your mistake.

Good job again to these hunters for bringing justice to this case.