BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward for information about two elk that were killed out of season and left to waste north of Hardin earlier this fall.
FWP Warden Shane Yaskus of Hardin said the first elk was shot with a gun in mid-September, weeks before the rifle season opened, on private land about 15 miles north of Hardin. The landowner found the elk three miles from the nearest public road.
Those who shot the elk could not remove the head, so they cut the antlers off individually at the base of each antler and left the rest of the carcass to rot. From the size of the carcass, Yaskus said, the antlers probably are very large.
Yaskus said he is actively looking for anyone who has a large pair of individual elk antlers.
The second case involved a bull elk that was shot with a gun Oct. 25 – the night before the general rifle season opened. The elk was found next to Sorrel Horse Road about 15 miles north of Hardin, Yaskus said. Those who shot the elk removed the head, but left the meat to waste.
Anyone that has any knowledge of these unlawful acts is asked to contact Yaskus at 697-3443, or call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
1-800-TIP-MONT is a toll-free number where people can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers may remain anonymous. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in apprehension of persons who abuse Montana's natural, historic or cultural resources.