On the evening of November 13th, 2019, a Melfort Conservation Officer received a TIP call regarding a blood trail through the caller’s rural property just west of Archerwill, on the South side of Highway 35. Upon investigation, a dead White-tailed buck was found covered in snow on the property that was posted as “No Hunting or Trespassing”. The Conservation Officer was able to follow human footprints along with the blood trail to the animal, and then back tracked the trail to the quarter section to the East, where it was believed the deer was initially shot. Due to environmental factors, the officer left the deer to continue the investigation the next morning. Upon the officer’s return, it was discovered that the suspects had returned late in the night and retrieved the buck by dragging it approximately 700 meters further East to the grid road to avoid detection.
Highway 35 is the boundary between WMZ 48 on the North, and WMZ 40 on the South. The White-tailed deer season does not open until November 15th in WMZ 40. Evidence indicates there are at least two individuals responsible, but new information is required.