Claremore Daily Progress

October 9, 2012

Rogers County deer farmer finds fence cut, two shot

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — A Rogers County man discovered someone had trespassed on his deer farm Sunday around 5:30 a.m. and shot a mating buck and doe with an arrow.

Lt. David Hayes, from the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to 4550 S. 4240 Rd. near Chelsea where the incident occured.
Owner Gregg Hayworth said the suspect(s) had entered the pen by cutting the 8-foot high-wired fence.
The doe was killed and dragged away through the fence, where initial entry had been made, while the buck was injured with a shoulder wound, said Hayworth.
According to Lt. Hayes report, a nearby neighbor witnessed a Ford “pickup” pull from the driveway and proceed southbound on 4240 Road,  and then eastbound on 330 Road towards Chelsea.
Hayworth and his partner started the deer farming operation less than two years ago, and had 14 fawns born last spring.  After disease hit, all but three were killed.
The Rogers County Sheriff’s office and Department of Agriculture are currently investigating the crime.
A $500 reward has been offered by the Oklahoma White-tailed Deer Farmers Association for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter(s).
Anyone who has information can call the sheriff’s tip line at (918) 341-3620 or the Department of Agriculture’s criminal line at (405) 522-6102.