During the morning of September 24th, 2017, an archery hunter was hunting elk in Big Game Management Unit 36. It was near the end of the September archery season. He heard several rifle shots ring out close to where he was.
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On October 20th 2016 I received a call from a concerned citizen. He was up early, looking out his window, watching a suspicious vehicle.
On October 20, 2016, Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer Nathan Stohosky was forwarded an anonymous email from Fish and Game Headquarters office regarding the suspected illegal take of a mule deer buck by Cody Larkins of Preston, ID.
In early November of 2016, an Elmore County officer pulled up to two hunters with a 4x4 buck off the side of the road in unit 45. The officer looked the buck over and reminded the men to tag the animal. He made note of the vehicle and plate before leaving the guys to the long job ahead of them.
On April 18, 2017, Senior Conservation Officer Brian Marek received a Citizen’s Against Poaching complaint from a concerned citizen who had seen pictures of Sanela Hubijar posing with a snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and what appeared to be a hen wild turkey on her Facebook page.
In May 2014, retired Officer Stoddard told Officer Crawford of a possible baiting for turkeys in Cranberry Creek of Unit 10A. Officer Crawford determined a turkey had been killed, collected a shotgun wad and spent shell, and was able to identify suspects.
On October 29, 2015 Idaho Fish and Game officers received a Big Game Mortality Report (BGMR) for a wolf harvested by Robert Koester. Suspicious circumstances related to the time Koester’s wolf tag was purchased led officers to look further into the wolf’s harvest.
Last September, Regional Investigator Dave Overman received information from an informant that Dan Harris was buying resident licenses in Idaho, but lived in Washington.
On opening week of the general deer season in 2016, Idaho conservation officers in the Upper Snake Region received a tip from CAP (Citizens Against Poaching).
In the fall of 2015 Idaho Fish and Game Officers received information that a very large mule deer buck harvested in November in Bonneville County may have been taken illegally.
On October 20, 2013, Officer Steven Ross received a call from a landowner that found a dead deer in their beet field during harvest. They also stated a family member may have heard the gunshot and had words with the shooter.
On Saturday, December 20, 2014, Terry Jones of Cottonwood, and Brett "Bubba" Kuhn of Grangeville grabbed their rifles and went hunting on the South Fork of the Clearwater.
On Oct 2nd 2014, Officer Andy Smith and I received a Citizen’s Against Poaching call on a poached buck antelope near Salmon, ID. After meeting with the witness, we found the dead buck antelope with the horns cut out and back straps removed.
During October of 2015, a concerned sportsman, John Doe, called Idaho Fish and Game to report two men shooting from a public road at a heard of elk on private property.
In mid-September Senior Conservation Officer Lucas Swanson of Bonners Ferry was contacted by a concerned archery hunter stating he heard two gunshots. The hunter decided to see what happened and he found two guys standing by a dead cow elk and some piles of hay. There is no baiting and no rifle season for cow elk.
During the September 2015 archery season, some ranchers were moving cattle when they stumbled upon a large dead bull elk that looked like it had been shot with a rifle.
On September 17th I spent most of the day checking archery hunters along the Continental Divide and returned home in the late afternoon just before a big storm rolled through the valley.
On November 15th, 2015 Senior Conservation Officer Lauren Lane was contacted by an employee from Matt’s Custom Meats in St. Anthony regarding two suspicious deer that had been brought in for processing.