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The state Game Commission is actively investigating the disposal of a dead deer in a dumpster at Locust Grove Elementary School.

The deer, which was discovered in a clear plastic bag by a school employee, had been shot with an arrow, but there was no evidence of the deer being properly tagged for harvest, according to the commission.

The commission posted surveillance video of the school parking lot on Oct. 15, when the improper disposal allegedly occurred and noted that the suspects appear to be driving a blue Nissan Sentra.

Bert Einodshofer, information and education supervisor for the commission's southcentral region office, said they've received numerous tips as a result of posting the video, and the investigator is  interviewing one individual in relation to the incident.

The suspects would have likely never been identified without cooperation from local residents calling or sending in tips, he said.

The commission is holding the four-point buck found at the Red Lion School District school as evidence, Einodshofer said.

It's too early in the investigation to speculate about what charges might be filed, he said, but the lack of evidence of tagging indicates that proper procedures weren't followed. Only the deer's backstraps had been removed, which could also indicate wasteful harvesting, he added.

Travis Lau, spokesman for the commission, said the length of the deer's antlers would've made this killing within the rules for a junior hunter but against the rules for an adult or senior hunter.

Lau said he understands mistakes can be made with regard to deer sizes while hunting, but the proper procedure if that happens is to contact the commission, which would likely result in a $25 minimum fine. Hiding the illegal killing leads to a whole other litany of potential charges, he said.

Archery season ends Nov. 11, Lau said, while firearms season will begin Nov. 27 and last through Dec. 11, with no hunting allowed on Sundays.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the commission's southcentral region office at 814-643-1831.

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