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Buck found near McKay Creek killed with a rifle during bow hunting season and left to waste

PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - This buck deer was found shot and left to waste.

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is seeking help from the public to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and wasting of a buck deer in Crook County. This past Saturday afternoon, OSP received a report of a dead buck deer north of Prineville, about 1.5 miles from McKay Creek on McKay Creek Road. The deer was located approximately 75 yards from the roadway and the 2x3 buck only had a portion of one back-strap removed. The rest of the animal was left to waste.

The buck was reportedly shot with a rifle during the archery season, with the offense likely occurring this past Thursday or Friday. State police is asking anyone who has information on the incident to contact OSP's Fish and Wildlife Division at the Prineville office or use the tip line to report wildlife violators. To report information on the recent poaching incident or any other habitat law violation or suspicious activity, call 1-800-452-7888 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. OSP stresses that poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges. The agency therefore offers rewards for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds. TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish. In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers. Rewards include $1,000 for bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose; $500 for elk, deer and antelope; $300 for bear, cougar and wolf as well as habitat destruction; and $100 for game fish and shellfish, upland birds and waterfowl, and furbearers.

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