By Judy Slate
A Bozeman couple is offering a reward, hoping to find out who poached a deer on their property on East Griffin Road. Christine Huyser says she was working with a pony her property when she heard the first shot.
"I hear a shot and it sounds wrong, I hear another one so I come running over and a vehicle taking off," said Huyser.
At first she did not think a deer had been hit, but she later found the dead first year buck less than 100 years from the road.
"I think it was shock at how egregious it is for the road right there over our fence right next to our shop right there I'm working with the pony," she said.
Huyser reported the poaching to Bozeman Police and Fish Wildlife and Parks. "There's no excuse for shooting with in the city limits," said FWP Public Information Officer Andrea Jones.
Whoever shot this deer broke a number of rules, including wasting and shooting from the road. It is also illegal to shoot within city limits. They face thousands of dollars in fines even jail time. More importantly, according to Jones, what they did was extremely dangerous and against the basics of hunter safety.
"Know your target and beyond and they're so many thing that come into play when you're doing something recklessly like that that can go wrong," Jones said.
Christine and her husband are offering a $500 reward to find out who's responsible. if you have any information you're asked to call 1-800-tip-mont. Reference "stockyard." and you could be eligible for the reward.