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Deer shot with fishing arrow; FWP looking for information

BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information about a mule deer buck that was killed illegally with a fishing arrow over the weekend in a Lockwood residential area.

FWP game warden Connor Langel said someone shot the buck with a fishing arrow, which had string still attached, near Hemlock Lane northeast of the school complex in Lockwood. The deer was shot either late Sunday, Dec. 9, or early Monday morning, Langel said. The buck had six points on one side and a broken antler on the other. Those responsible for poaching the deer apparently did not try to retrieve any part of the deer.

No laws nor seasons would allow hunting or shooting a deer in Lockwood over the weekend, Langel said.

Anyone with information about the poaching is encouraged to call Langel at (406) 860-7805 or FWP’s 24-hour crime-reporting line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668). Those who call with information leading to a conviction of the persons responsible for the illegal waste qualify for a cash reward of as much as $1,000.

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.