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Idaho Fish and Game

F&G officers seek information about five elk shot and left to waste in Unit 39


In early March, conservation officers in Southwest Idaho discovered a total of five elk that were shot out of season and left to waste in two incidents in Unit 39, and are asking for the public for any information regarding these two cases.

At the first location, officers found three cow elk that had been shot and left on the north side of Arrowrock Reservoir’s South Fork arm, below the Neal Bridge and near the mouth of Camp Creek. 

A dead cow elk that was shot out of season and left in Unit 39.
One of the three cow elk that were shot out of season and left to waste in Unit 39. Officers believe the elk were shot around March 4-5.

At the second location, they discovered two bulls—a five- and a six-point—that had been shot and left near the Forest Service’s Spur 121S access site on South Fork Boise Road. Officers determined that one of the bulls had been moved a short distance and that someone had attempted to hide it under a pile of brush. 

Officers believe that in both incidents, the elk were shot sometime around March 4-5.

“Given that the two roads where these incidents occurred are connected, there is a chance that these two incidents are related,” said Greg Milner, conservation officer. 

If anyone has information about these incidents, please call the Nampa Regional Office at 208-465-8465, or the Citizen’s Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous when reporting wildlife violations and may be eligible for cash rewards when that information leads to a citation for a wildlife crime.