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Hunter bags whitetail buck; thief steals meat

This white-tailed deer was shot by a hunter Oct. 19, near Rock Lake.  He cut the deer into pieces in the field and returned 90 minutes later with a pack to haul out the rest of the meat and head only to find everthing had been stolen. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)
This white-tailed deer was shot by a hunter Oct. 19, near Rock Lake. He cut the deer into pieces in the field and returned 90 minutes later with a pack to haul out the rest of the meat and head only to find everthing had been stolen. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

HUNTING -- The code of ethics among hunters is eroding, as this Eastern Washington sportsman graphically points out in the following message to Washington Fish and Wildlife police:

Here are pictures of the deer that I shot Saturday, Oct. 19, near Rock Lake.  I shot the deer about 9:30 a.m. and processed it and put it into game bags.  The hind quarters I hung in a tree about 50 yards from where I shot the deer and the rib cage I set on a stump.  I left the head lying by the gut pile.  I took the front quarters back to the truck (.85 miles according to my GPS) to get my pack frame. 

My wife met me where I had parked my pickup and we went in to get the rest of the deer. It took 1.5 hours from the time I left to when I returned and found all that was left was the gut pile. 

Whoever took the meat cut the rope out of the tree. 

It is a sad day when someone steals a man's deer. 

Anyone with tips or information about this wildlife crime can qualify for a reward by calling the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's poaching hotline, (877) 933-9847 or the Spokane Region office at (509) 892-1001.  

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