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Authorities seek help with poaching case


Last updated 9/3/2020 at 12:45pm

TYLER -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking information in a mule deer poaching case.

According to the agency, a rancher recently found a mule deer shot illegally shot on private land along Chapman Lake Road, about half a mile east of Chapman Lake.

Game wardens believe it was shot sometime during the evening of Aug. 25. The entire carcass of the 4x5 point deer was left.

“This is not only a crime, but also pointless,” agency Region 1 Police Capt. Dan Rahn said Thursday, Aug. 27. “The shooting was outside of the hunting season for mule deer, which begins in October.

“It took place on private property without the landowner’s permission or knowledge, and the meat was wasted.”

The agency has partnered with Mule Deer Foundation to offer a monetary reward for information that leads to the citation of the poacher. In the alternative, the reward can be bonus points toward special hunts.

Anyone with information is asked to call 877-933-9847, email or send a text tip to 847411. Informants can also file a report online at


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