Information Sought on Mule Deer Poaching

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for a recent illegal killing of a mule deer buck northwest of Prescott, Ariz.

"The poaching was either on Sept. 23 or 24," says Darren Tucker, a wildlife manager based in Prescott. "A mature mule deer buck was killed approximately two miles west of the Yolo Ranch headquarters, located west of Camp Wood."

Only the deer's head and antlers were removed with the rest of the animal being left in the field. The deer was killed with archery equipment or possibly a crossbow. Archery deer season closed on Sept. 15, more than a week prior to the deer's death.

"Department officers are investigating evidence left at the scene," Tucker says, "but it would be a significant help if a responsible citizen would step forward with information regarding this crime."

To report information on this, or any Game and Fish violation, call the department's Operation Game Thief hotline toll-free at (800) 352-0700. Caller identities may remain confidential upon request, and callers may be eligible to receive a reward up to $500 upon the arrest of the violator(s).