The head and antlers of a trophy mule deer illegally shot in New Mexico recently were seized in Lubbock, Texas, following an investigation by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The deer head was seized from a Texas hunter who allegedly killed the deer on public land when he had a license valid only for private land. Conservation officers interviewed witnesses who helped locate evidence that was collected at the kill site on public land south of Gobernador in northwestern New Mexico.

Charges in the case are pending.

Anyone with information about the poaching of deer or any protected wildlife is encouraged to call Operation Game Thief, (800) 432-4263. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards if information leads to charges being filed.

Image courtesy New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

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