By Tracie Sullivan
After a trophy buck and doe were recently found poached, an $8,000 reward is available to residents with information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator, signaling how seriously the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is taking the offense.
Found by DWR conservation officers in the Shurtz Canyon just south of Cedar City, the buck was seen alive on video at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Then on Saturday, the carcass was found by a group of hired guides who had been watching the deer for a hunter.
DWR, in conjunction with Sportsmen for Wildlife, is offering the $8,000 reward, Carver said, for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person who poached the deer. Carver also said he knows there are people willing and ready to write bigger checks if necessary.
The hunter who had the buck followed paid approximately $180,000 for a conservation permit, which allows the hunter to collect any one buck in the season, with plans to harvest this specific deer. The guides reported they had observed severaal ravens and eagles in the area and after hiking to the location, found the deer’s carcass and contacted state wildlife officers.
“In this case, the hunter had paid a lot of money for this particular buck, but that’s beside the point,” Carver said. “The point is that it’s just wrong and offensive to the legal sportsmen who pay to hunt and hunt legally. And what a waste, they left the meat and the rack.”
The buck received a score of 239 from the Boone and Crockett Big Game Records Program, Josh Carver, conservation officer with DWR, said. An average buck receives a score of 100 to 160 points. In addition, the deer was a 7x13 point buck on a system where a 5x5 point buck is considered above average.
Carver said the poached doe was more offensive to him than the buck, as she would have probably produced at least two offspring. More....