Nevada DOW Seeking Help in Deer Poaching Case

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Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) game wardens are seeking the public's help to solve a criminal case of several deer shot and left to waste in Voltaire Canyon near Carson City.

Game wardens discovered one dead buck Jan. 12, and tracked the trails of at least seven other injured deer in the Voltaire Canyon area. Because of timing, conditions and terrain, game wardens were not able to track the fate of the other deer, but it's clear from the evidence at the scene that many more were shot.

"We're looking for one good tip to help us catch the person who did this," said Rob Buonamici, chief game warden at NDOW. "These animals belong to everyone in the state, and the public should be outraged at the needless waste of resources. In a case like this, some member of the public who maybe doesn't even realize they have the right piece of information we need."

A game warden was on routine patrol in early January when he discovered the first buck, shot and left to waste. Upon further investigation, the game warden discovered the trail of at least seven other deer that were shot. Due to timing and rough terrain, the game warden was unable to find the other carcasses, but investigators spent five days covering the shooting area of more than four square miles. The evidence indicated that the deer were likely shot by the same person from the same location.

There were also several deer found shot in the vicinity last year. Concerned people with information can contact Operation Game Thief at (800) 992-3030. Callers can remain anonymous and rewards are paid for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible wildlife crime.

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Ca_Vermonster's picture

Man, I don't condone poaching

Man, I don't condone poaching in any way, but if you're going to shoot it, at least take it and eat it.

At least that would be some justification to it.

There was a case in Maine by my Grandparent's house a few years back.  They found a cow moose and 2 calves, plus 2 other moose, that had all been shot and left to rot. They found cigarettes and beer cans near the expended brass.

Idiots! Hopefully they get some ballistic data to compare.

jaybe's picture

 I must confess that as a

 I must confess that as a kid, I used to shoot just about anything that moved with my .22. It was mainly birds and ground squirrels, which at the time were not protected. Most people considered them pests, but out at my grandfather's farm where I pursued them, they were doing no one any harm. I just took pleasure in shooting them.

 I do not condone poaching in any way, but I would not be surprised if the person or persons who shot these deer did it for the simple reason that they like to shoot things. Since they probably know that the deer are a regulated game animal and have a definite season with limits, etc. these people need a good stiff fine and a mandatory education in wildlife management.

 I recently saw a TV program where a guy was going after trophy Bighorn Sheep - it took him 35 years to draw his tag. A friend of his had been scouting the area for two weeks and had found an absolute monarch for him. This animal had a body that had muscles in places that most sheep didn't even have places. It looked like an NFL linesman, and was slightly more than a full curl.

 Long story short, they found it dead at the bottom of a cliff. They turned in the GPS location to the G&F people, who recovered the carcass and determined that it had been poached.

 Whether whoever shot it didn't see it fall, or couldn't retrieve it doesn't matter. It was shot and left to rot. That's got to be one definition of poaching.

 Hopefully, these folks in Nevada get the tip they need to find out who poached these deer.