Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are looking for tips on two separate deer poaching cases that occurred over Father’s Day weekend, one in East Fork of the Bitterroot Valley and the other in the Fish Creek drainage west of Missoula.
In the Bitterroot, FWP game warden, Lou Royce, reported that one mule deer buck was shot and abandoned in trophy mule deer Hunting District 270, near Blacktail Point. Royce suspects that the incident occurred sometime between Friday, June 15 and the early morning hours of June 16.
West of Missoula in the Fish Creek drainage, game warden Justin Singleterry reported that a white-tailed buck deer was shot and abandoned just off Fish Creek Road, one mile south of the Burdett Creek Trailhead on private property. Warden Singleterry responded to the scene after a neighbor found the deer and called the state’s TIP-MONT hotline.
Anyone with information on either incident is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction. The Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association is also offering a $500 reward for information that leads to a conviction on the Bitterroot case.