All of the meat was left to waste after the poachers took only the head and antlers.
Investigating officers from Idaho Fish and Game and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service say the deer was shot on March 9 or 10 across from a busy Caldwell park adjacent to the refuge. This area is closed to hunting, and there are no current seasons for mule deer open in any part of Idaho. Residents in the area reported seeing several large bucks prior to the poaching incident.
The Idaho Deer Alliance is offering a $250 dollar reward in addition to funds already available through Citizens Against Poaching. Anyone with information on this case can call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999, the Fish and Game Nampa Office at 208-465-8465 or the Deer Flat Refuge at 208-467-9278. Callers may collect reward money while remaining anonymous.