BIRNAMWOOD, Wis.- It's a hunter's worst nightmare, having their trophy buck stolen. That's what happened to one Kaukauna man and his son while they were hunting up north near Birnamwood. Now they are hoping to warn other hunters of this alleged deer thief.
Chris Hutchison of Kaukauna is very disappointed.
"It's a real empty, lost feeling, I mean when you get something stolen from you," said Hutchison.
Hutchison and his 19-year-old son, shot 2 bucks on the opening day of deer hunting. They were keeping them in the back of their truck while they continued to hunt.
"When we got back to the truck, back to the campground we noticed someone had stolen the deer yesterday afternoon," said Hutchison.
As soon as he saw this, Hutchison called the Marathon County Sheriff's Department and the DNR Warden, hoping they could help. Currently, the DNR is looking into the case.
"There's not a whole lot of information that we can go on and we kind of leave it up to the public to see if they know anything or know who it could have been," said DNR conservation warden, Cara Kamke.
According to the warden fines for stealing animals are pretty hefty, costing, at minimum $2,000. Hutchison says he just hopes whoever took the deer really needed them.
"I learned to keep everything locked down, you know you can't I guess trust anybody," said Hutchison.
In a phone call with the DNR Warden NBC26 was told it does not look like replacement tags will be issued for Hutchison's stolen deer because they say it's very hard to prove.
The DNR advises that if you experience any thefts or violations while hunting call their hotline. The number is 1 800-TIP-WDNR.