ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities in Elko County are looking for the poacher who left a bloody mule deer to rot with its back sliced open at a golf course in Spring Creek.
A golfer found the doe under a tree Sunday morning with a bullet hole in its head and a clean gash down its back.
Joe Doucette of the Nevada Department of Wildlife says the shooter apparently removed the back straps of the deer, which are considered a choice piece of meat and the easiest to cut out.
Game Warden Jason Jackson says neighbors heard a gunshot about 3 a.m. He says they are pursuing leads but welcome tips to the Operation Game Thief hotline, 1-800-992-3030.
Poaching is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.