Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens want to hear from anyone who has information about a trophy mule deer buck that was illegally killed with a crossbow in Lockwood over the weekend.

Montana’s wildlife tip line, 1-800-TIP-MONT, is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case.

FWP Sgt. Randy Arnold said the unique four-point mule deer buck was found dead Monday in a field between Old Hardin Highway and Interstate 90 just north of the Lockwood Fire Station. It was killed over the weekend with one arrow – or bolt – fired from a crossbow. The deer was left to waste.

A crossbow is not a legal weapon for game animals during the archery season. And Montana law makes wanton waste of game meat a crime. In addition, the landowner where the poached deer was found said he did not give anyone permission to hunt on his property.

Anyone with information about the crimes should call 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668), the FWP 24-hour reporting telephone hotline.

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program 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 conviction of persons who abuse Montana’s natural, historic or cultural resources.

Image courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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