Elk NetworkRMEF, Partners Offer Reward in Kentucky Elk Poaching Case

General | December 21, 2020

Below is a news release from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are seeking information about a recent poaching incident of a bull elk in the area of Middle Fork Wolf Creek Road near the community of Davella in Martin County.​

Two rabbit hunters discovered a headless elk carcass while hunting on Nov. 27 and led Conservation Officer Bobby Owens to its location. The animal appeared to have been killed that morning or the night before based on the condition of the carcass. No meat was taken from the bull elk other than its head.​

Firearms seasons for elk were not open at the time. The hunters told Owens that they heard a rifle shot that morning but were unable to determine if the shot came from a deer hunter or the person responsible for shooting the elk.​

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s tip line at 1-800-25-ALERT. ​

Anonymous tips also can be made by:​

** Texting “KFWLAW” along with your message to 847411 (tip411)​

** Using the KFWLaw app (iTunes App Store or Google Play Store) ​

There is a $2,500 reward offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this poaching case thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Kentuckiana chapter of Safari Club International and the League of Kentucky Sportsmen.

(Photo source: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources)