By Andrew Bottrell
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are investigating the shooting of three deer northwest of Indianola.
A conservation officer came upon three mule deer, shot and left in rural Red Willow County on March 23. The commission believes that the shootings happened between March 20 and March 22. One of the deer was alive when the conservation officer arrived on scene.
The commission is seeking information from the public, and does accept anonymous tips through its Crimestoppers program. If you have information, they are asking that you call 1-800-742-7627.
"We're not really sure what happened," Jerry Kane, with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said. "That's why we're seeking public information."
Outside of the fall deer hunting seasons, it is illegal to shoot mule deer in Nebraska. This year, the November firearm season will be Nov. 16-24. Muzzleloader season is Dec. 1-31 and archery season is Sept. 15-31.
The penalty for illegally shooting a mule deer is $1,500. The penalty for shooting a buck with at least an 8-point rack and a 24-inch spread is $5,000.
"They are just looking for tips," Kane said. "Hopefully they'll provide some information, and we can catch somebody."