CALDWELL - Idaho Fish and Game officers are trying to find out who poached a mature buck mule deer in Caldwell near the Deer Flat National Refuge.
The head and antlers were taken, and all of the meat was left to waste.
Investigating officers from Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the deer was shot on March 9 or 10 across from a busy Caldwell park adjacent to the refuge.
The area is closed to hunting, and there are no current seasons for mule deer open in any part of the state.
"Someone out there has information on who shot this deer and where the deer head is located," said Fish and Game Conservation Officer Craig Mickelson. "I would like to talk with anyone that has information on this illegally shot deer."
Anyone with information on this case can call the Citizen's Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999 or the IDFG Nampa office at 465-8465 or the Deer Flat Refuge at 467-9278.
Citizens Against Poaching is offering a reward for information leading to a conviction in this case. Callers may collect a reward while remaining anonymous.