Unfortunately this buck was poached, click to read the story. By: manager Date Uploaded: February 1, 2004 Description: Gallery: Harvested Mule Deer 28 Comments MuleyMadness February 1st, 2004 I am a bowhunter and chased this buck around the hills for three days in a late season archery only hunt.†I†was within 40 yards of the beast†4 different times, but the does he was with always pegged me before†he†presented a good shot. †I managed to snap a few good photos of him.† This last photo though was taken after I watched and photographed†two poachers with rifles and fourwheelers (in no motorized access area) shoot him out from underneath me on Thanksgiving morning.† I had put the sneaks on him and got to within 30 yards and waited for him to stand up from behind the bush he was bedded in front of.† After nearly 45 min the wind shifted and he trotted down hill another 150 yards from me.† That is when the poachers did their dirty work–pulling up over the ridge above me on their four wheelers and shot him with their rifle (I got pictures of them in the act of shooting).†I approached one of them as he was gutting the buck out.† He was clearly nervous and knew that†he had been caught†read handed (literally with blood on his hands). Because I played dumb and acted†as if he had a non-existent late season rifle permit I escaped with my life (thats another story). I told the poacher I would take a photo†of him and the buck together†and send it to him via email.† He obviously declined.† I asked if I could take a photo of the buck so my wife would believe I did have an excuse for missing Thanskgiving dinner.† He consented and stood behind me with his knive in hand.† It was a nervous moment.† Before I left I placed my 30 inch arrow (including broad head) inside the second points.† Bad news: a nice 30 inch 150+ buck poached.† Good news: the poacher prosecuted and convicted and his illegal guide buddy facing trial. Log in to Reply Guest February 1st, 2004 This is a freaking shame! I must say though my friend, you sure did a heck of a job to ensure that these CRIMINALS got what they deserved. I’m not sure how I would have reacted but with my temper I more than likely would have gotten myself into a bit more trouble than I needed. Again, GREAT JOB on ensuring, or attempting to ensure, that these guys were brought to justice. Log in to Reply Guest February 1st, 2004 The previous post was mine. Log in to Reply Guest February 1st, 2004 Hey I have to spoken to this brave young man a couple times about this crime. If you look closely at the front leg the deer is laying on you will see baseball size hole from the bullet wound. The shooter claimed the hole was caused by his arrow– Fat chance!! Log in to Reply Guest February 1st, 2004 What part of the country did this take place? Log in to Reply Guest February 2nd, 2004 Idaho Log in to Reply Guest February 3rd, 2004 i think thats preatty stupid to shoot a deer out of season if you can’t shoot a deer right dont shoot any at all Log in to Reply Guest February 3rd, 2004 what part of idaho Log in to Reply Guest February 3rd, 2004 Southern Idaho– tributary to the snake river Log in to Reply Guest February 5th, 2004 like by the owyhee mountains Log in to Reply Guest February 7th, 2004 glad these idiots were caught shame it happened in my home state Log in to Reply Guest February 11th, 2004 That enough to piss you off. but i am glad they were prosicuted. Log in to Reply Guest February 29th, 2004 Nice guts dude Log in to Reply Guest March 27th, 2004 that buck was poached in the south fork of the boise river drainage Log in to Reply Guest April 7th, 2004 The man "guiding" the shooter was recently acquitted on the charges of aiding and abetting. He said he was out varmit hunting and the shooter shot the deer over his protests. Photos of the incident show him standing behind the shooter as he was shooting, with a rifle over his shoulder and watching the shots with his binoculars. There was also a photo of the "guide" helping the shooter load the buck onto their 4 wheelers (which was closed to 4 wheelers any ways). Interesting case. Hopefully they won’t do it again out of respect for the rest of us. Log in to Reply Guest May 2nd, 2004 You should Post the name of the Guide who was aquited, Im sure people would like to know if there guide was involved in anyway with the taking of any game illegally. regardless if he was aquitted or not, people have the right to know Log in to Reply Guest May 19th, 2004 While on the subject, a few years back I was hunting the Boulder area of the Southern Utah Unit. On the last few moments of light as I was making a fire, all heck broke loose a short distance from my camp. About 20-30 shots rang out in just a few seconds, then quite. Next morning I found the site littered with 14 doe carcasses and 1 spike. Worst deer hunt in my life. Log in to Reply Guest June 20th, 2004 It’s a dirty shame there’s not any good back woods lawyers left these days…. Log in to Reply Guest July 11th, 2004 its a shame he will never get to his true potential. man i hate poachers Log in to Reply Guest September 6th, 2004 hey thats a beautiful muley. If u have another problem with poachers give me a holler and ill come up there and take care of them. Log in to Reply Guest September 21st, 2004 I HAVE A COLLEGE BUDDY WHO LIVES I SOUTHERN KANSAS. HE OWNS AROUND 15,000 ACRES OF PRIME WHITETAIL AND MULEY COUNTRY. HE WAS HUNTING A BIG MULEY WHEN POACHERS BUSTED THE BUCK FROM A COUNTY ROAD. HE GOT THEIR TAG# AND CALLED THE GAME WARDEN. THE POACHERS WERE CONFRONTED AND NATURALLY THEY DENIED THE INCIDENT. ONE OF THE GUYS FINALY CRACKED AND SPILLED HIS GUTS. THEY BURIED THE RACK OUT IN THE COUNTRY ON ONE OF THE GUYS GRANDADS LAND. MY BUDDY GOT THE BUCK BACK AND IT NOW HANGS ON HIS WALL IT IS A NON-TYPICAL WORLD RECORD. I’M NOT FOR SURE WHAT IT SCORED BUT I KNOW I COULDN’T EVEN COME CLOSE TO WRAPPING MY HANDS AROUND THE BASE OF THE HORNS AND I’M A BIG FELLOW. TO SHORTIN UP THIS STORY A BIT THE POACHERS GOT EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK AT THEM(THEY WERE FROM OKLAHOMA WITCH MADE EVEN WORSE POACHING OUT OF STATE)! Log in to Reply Guest November 2nd, 2004 Since this incident occurred I am more diligent as a hunter watching for suspicious hunters. I try to find out as much as I can from other hunters about their tags, their residency, and their motives. Unfortuntely, I doubt 10% of poachers are ever caught. If we all paid more attention– kind of a "sportsman watch"– we might be able to preserve some of these good genes in the herds so our kids and grandkids can enjoy the same experiences. Otherwise, if we don’t, a few will spoil it for all. Log in to Reply Guest November 11th, 2004 Nice heads up move; i believe I would have went into the situation and probably would have be left with the same fate as the buck. I believe this is the buck whos reward photo was at Sportmas wharehouse am I correct? Again thanks for the great show of ethics from your part. Log in to Reply Guest November 24th, 2004 Yes, the reward photo was posted at Sportsman warehouse. The Poacher had to repay the Citizen Against Poaching and other organizations (Idaho Bowhunters maybe was another org.) for the reward money they paid out. Good move by our courts to make the poachers pay that type of restitution. All in all the poacher paid close to $2500 in fines and restitution. Log in to Reply Guest February 2nd, 2005 I don’t like people asking me were I am from. They just try to pen anything on you to get a reward. Log in to Reply Guest February 24th, 2005 thats a darn shame im glad they were prosicutied i live around that area. Thats a nice buck. Log in to Reply Guest March 26th, 2005 that sucks Log in to Reply Guest September 24th, 2005 $2500 fine is nothing! If the fines were steeper then these a holes would be deterred a little more! That’s another reason I go where 4 wheelers can’t. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.