"Rewards make a difference," said Jon Heggen, chief of law enforcement for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
"And I don't know that anyone in Idaho wants to tolerate someone stealing their wildlife and then going and bragging about it."
The anonymous poacher mailed a letter and photographs to Fish and Game earlier this month claiming that the images of a freshly killed whitetail buck and a pronghorn antelope represented wildlife he
had taken illegally.
"Here is a picture of the nice buck I poached up in northern Idaho this year," the letter said.
The writer said he
intended "to do all my Idaho hunting like this from now on" and suggested he
might send a photograph of a turkey that he
said the case is the first of its kind.
Conservation officers frequently encounter hunters who take game illegally simply because the opportunity - or the animal - presented itself, he
And they know of hunters seeking to illegally take high-dollar, or trophy, animals with horns that can fetch large sums.
"But here's a guy who not only says he's
poaching but he
wants to brag about it," said Heggen
The writer's motivations are unclear, he
Idaho raised its fees for hunting licenses for out-of-state residents last year, causing Heggen
to speculate that "Poacher X" might be irked by the increase.
"It's possible these animals aren't poached and that he's
just taking a dig at us," Heggen