State Division of Wildlife offers reward for poaching |

State Division of Wildlife offers reward for poaching

by Linda Hiller, staff writer

The Nevada Division of Wildlife is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in a Labor Day weekend deer poaching in Smith Valley.

Reid Varble, NDOW game warden, said a buck mule deer was killed sometime over the weekend. The unattended and intact carcass of the deer was discovered Monday by an archery hunter.

“We have reason to think another deer in the area might have been injured,” Varble said.

Killing deer out of season is a misdemeanor, punishable, if convicted, by one year in jail and a minimum $2,000 fine. Civil fines can run from $500 to $5,000, he said.

Deer season for rifle hunting (tag required) is Nov. 4-Dec. 3. Archery season closed Sept. 8. The only other seasons that are open now are mourning dove and blue grouse.

“We depend on the public to help us with this type of illegal killing,” he said. “Bad guys like to brag, so we often get help from the public.”

– Call OGT. If you have any information on this poaching and wish to provide information toward claiming the $1,000 reward, call Operation Game Thief, (800) 992-3030, and you will remain anonymous.

For other information, call the NDOW office in Reno, 688-1500.