$1000 Reward Offered for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a deer with an arrow in SW

by Prince Of Petworth December 31, 2013 at 11:30 am 24 Comments


From the Washington Humane Society:

“On Friday December 20, 2013 the Washington Humane Society (WHS) Humane Law Enforcement Department discovered a male white-tailed deer severely injured from an arrow wound to the shoulder area on the 4000 block of 1st Place, SW, near the intersection of 1st Place and South Capital St., SW.

Due to the severity of his injuries, the deer was humanely euthanized and WHS is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

WHS Officers have reason to believe that this buck was a member of a heard which frequented the area often, likely from the wooded area adjacent to the Anacostia Freeway. The wound appeared to be approximately 1 week old when the buck was discovered on December 20, 2013.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the
Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department:
Officer Russell
(202) 723-5730
Information will be kept confidential upon request.”

  • Anonymous

    DC’s crime of the year! The Southeast Bowhunter!

    • Anonymous

      Southwest, actually.

  • Anonymous Coward

    “herd”, not “heard”. While I like cute deer as much as the next person they have become vermin, admittedly through no fault of their own as we killed their predators. The problem needs to be resolved because I think we can all agree that we don’t want deer to starve to death, be killed after being hit by cars, nor have people injured after hitting deer w/ their cars.

    • Park

      Agreed. And I think we can also agree that anyone who would so ineptly shoot a deer with an arrow (that’s a new one!) that it lived, probably in great pain, for a week, should get the book thrown at him.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    could have happened in maryland.

  • Anonymous

    If the wound was 1 week old, is it possible that it was shot legally? Meaning shot in the woods somewhere and made it’s way into the city. Or was it shot after deer season or somethin..

    • Anonymous

      can you get a hunting license in DC?

      • Alan

        I hear deer can walk across state lines

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know? I’m not a game ranger….

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was someone who was sick and tired of having their garden destroyed by these pests. And I doubt that DC devotes too many resources to controlling our deer populations.

    • ET

      Well considering that where the deer are, i.e. Rock Creek Park, is usually federal land don’t see why they should.

  • Euketrain

    Not to betray my redneck past, but why is this an arrestable offense? Are there actual laws against killing deer in DC? Or will this person be punished for being a bad hunter and not finishing the job under the guise of animal cruelty?

    • power of flight

      It’s probably (well, absolutely) something that would never be noticed, let alone prosecuted for if not for a well funded advocacy group that exists exactly to do things like this.

    • Anonymous

      I have no love for deer, but I think you’re only allowed to shoot them during hunting season, with the proper license. I doubt there is a deer hunting season in DC.

  • Tim
  • Anonymous

    Maybe it was someone from District 12 looking for food. Has anyone questioned Katniss or Gael?

  • Anonymous

    My first thought was that someone was shooting it for food. Still what I think, actually. I’ll bet it happens more than we know.

    I thought the comments here would be a cheering section to match the one for yesterday’s cheetah story

    • Anonymous

      Maybe I’d cheer them if they were successful like the cheetah, but I won’t cheer failure.

  • MD DNR

    We’ll, it is archery season in PG county and the county line is only 1.5 miles from where this deer was found. Having spent my NY state childhood hunting, even seriously wounded deer can frequently walk tens of miles in a week from the source of the wounding. But of course the DC WHS people seem unable to consider any of these rational reasons for a deer having a narrow in it.

    • Kam

      Seems rationale to me.

      • Kam


  • Hanna

    I just missed your heart.


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