Wyoming Looking for Info Regarding Two Poached Mule Deer

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is pleading for information about two buck mule deer illegally shot and left Monday evening Feb. 12 along the Riverview Road northwest of Riverton.

Game Warden Brad Gibb reports one deer was discovered near the "Old McMillan Tree Farm" approximately 1 mile east of the Riverview Country Club and the other approximately 2 miles west of the country club.

He says both deer were mature bucks featuring noteworthy antlers – a 25-inch heavy-antlered 4-by-4 rack and a 26-inch-wide moderately heavy 4-by-5 rack.

For killing a buck deer out of season and leaving it to waste, the violator would likely face Wyoming's toughest wildlife-related charge – the "Winter Range Statute." The penalties include up to a $10,000 fine, one year in jail and not less than a five-year suspension of hunting/fishing license privileges. Due to the proximity of many homes near the crimes, the violators could also face charges of reckless endangerment.

"With this being such a recent crime, our hope is that someone may recall something from their travel through that area on Monday," Gibb said. "If the violator or violators come forward, that could be taken into account in the number of charges filed and severity of the sentence requested."

Anyone with information – even second hand – may be eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to a conviction and callers can remain anonymous. Report information to the Stop Poaching Hotline at (800) 442-4331 or to the Lander Game and Fish Office at (307) 322-2688.

"So even close acquaintances to the violator or violators who are disturbed about the crimes can call without being revealed," he said.