NDOW charges two Idaho men with poaching mule deer

NDOW mule deer poaching case

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Thanks to a tip called into Nevada’s Operation Game Thief hotline by some “concerned sportsmen,” two poachers have been charged with illegally killing mule deer in Elko County. Wade Asher and Blake Asher, both residents of Idaho, were charged separately with poaching two mature mule deer bucks near Jackpot, Nevada, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

“This is a perfect example of how the public can play a crucial part in protecting Nevada’s wildlife,” said Tyler Turnipseed, NDOW chief game warden. “This is a big state and while our game wardens do an excellent job covering extensive areas, we still need the public’s help to more effectively protect Nevada’s wildlife.”

Wade Asher booking photo 2019

NDOW photo of Wade Asher.

While Wade Asher was arrested following the investigation, Blake Asher turned himself into authorities after contacting a lawyer. The Elko County District Attorney’s Office has filed 27 combined charges against the men, which include “multiple wildlife violations including felony charges of unlawful killing of a big game animal,” according to NDOW.

Both men are scheduled to be arraigned July 3.

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