DNR Investigates Trophy Buck Poaching in Adams County

ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is investigating a trophy buck poaching that happened in northern Adams County last week.

Using the DNR's TIP (Turn in a Poacher) hotline, an officer received information that a trophy size buck was baited with food and minerals, and later killed in an illegal manner.

Corn and mineral attractants were found near a local tree stand. Photos later showed the suspected hunter holding the buck- the animal the DNR suspects was killed illegally.

According to a press release, the trophy buck is believed to score between 150”-160” by Pope and Young standards. 

The hunter admitted to killing the buck with the illegal bait and tree stand. Charges are pending, and the DNR seized the deer's antlers.