Missoula hunter Ethan Donaldson took his first bull elk on the last day of Montana's rifle season, only to find the next morning that the head had been stolen out of the bed of his truck.
In an effort to support Donaldson, our local community and the greater community of sportsmen and women, the Montana chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is offering a $1000 reward for reports or information that leads to the recovery of Donaldson's elk and the conviction of the person or people responsible.
Please contact local law enforcement with the following information:
- Date, location and description of the incident - when, where, what and who you saw.
- Photos, supporting statements from other witnesses and any other documentation that you can gather.
If you're interested in claiming this reward, please send us an email and include the information listed above, as well as the following:
- How your report helped lead to the conviction of the individual that took the animal unlawfully.
- Name and contact information for the officer that made the conviction.
- Status/result of prosecution.
We hope that someone can come forward with the information needed to procure not only the head of the elk but also a conviction. This type of behavior is not representative of the generous and thoughtful hunting community at large, and we look forward to the possibility of helping Donaldson retain full ownership of his experience in taking his first bull elk, which is a very special and formative for many within our ranks.