Poaching incidents near Great Falls and Whitehall are being investigated

Posted at 3:43 PM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 17:43:19-04

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is asking for help identifying the person or people responsible for shooting an antelope doe.

The antelope was shot late on March 28 on Vinyard Road, about three miles north of Great Falls.

In related news, FWP is investigating after nine white-tailed deer were found dead over a period of ten days in the Waterloo area (south of Whitehall). All were shot from the road at night.

FWP is asking anyone with information about these or any other poaching incidents to call 1-800-TIPMONT.

Callers to the TIP-MONT line can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

On its website, FWP provides the following information about poaching:

Poaching is the illegal killing of fish or wildlife. It can include illegal killing of fish or wildlife:

  • for commercial trade
  • for ego gratification
  • in closed areas, during closed times, or taking more than the law allows


  • reduce recreational opportunities for law abiding anglers, hunters, wildlife watchers, and other outdoor enthusiasts
  • kill and waste Montana game animals, threatened and endangered species, and even nongame animals
  • target Montana’s fish and wildlife resource for personal profit
  • Poaching robs law abiding hunters of game and fish, businesses and taxpayers of revenues generated by hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing recreation, and it denies many other Montanans the ability to enjoy seeing healthy, mature fish and wildlife populations.