EDMOND, Okla. – Department of Wildlife authorities are investigating a heinous case of poaching near Sooner and Danforth.
Authorities believe the suspect or suspects took down the “private property” sign, cut down the fence and made their way in sometime between 5:30 Friday night and 7:30 Saturday morning.
The next day, a deer carcass was found on the property.
Its head was missing, but the meat was left to rot.
This was just an example of what game wardens call a senseless killing.
“When that deer woke up that morning, his plan was not to die so, when we take an animal’s life, it’s our responsibility to use them the best we can,” said Lieutenant Wade Farrar of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Farrar said the buck had a unique point on his antlers, allowing him to be easily identified and possibly making him a prime target.
"It's that time of year. Everyone is out trying to harvest that big buck to hang on the wall and, when you come to a unique buck such as this one, this deer has a very unique right antler, it looks different than the rest of them, so sometimes they'll break the law to go ahead and harvest an animal like that,” Farrar said.
He said poachers often only take the head as a trophy and a talking piece for their home.
Farrar and other game wardens hope the stories will get poachers caught.
"That's what we are hoping is happening in this case, that someone is telling a story and somebody's seen this deer head and they're tired of them getting away with stuff like this and they'd be willing to call us and tell us what happened," Farrar said.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-522-8039.
You can remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward.