Poached Deer Finds New Home in Gillette
Poached deer mount donated by Taxidermist Owen Kimberling of Prairie Ghost Artistry.
A buck mule deer that was poached in 2017 in Campbell County is now on display at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Gillette.
The case began with an anonymous tip to then South Gillette Game Warden Dustin Kirsch of a large buck mule deer that was taken during a closed season without a license.
After pleading guilty to related charges, Rocky and Sarah Lamascolo together paid around $10,000 in fines and restitution and both had their hunting privileges suspended. Read the original poaching story here.
Local taxidermist Owen Kimberling of Prairie Ghost Artistry was aware of the investigation and curious as to what happens to a carcass in poaching situations. He said with a spread of over 31 inches, the buck would have been considered trophy class according to the Boone and Crockett Club.
Kimberling offered to donate his time and skill to present the poached deer in a way that would, perhaps, deter future poaching incidents. Once the proper permissions had been granted from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Kimberling went to work.
Knowing how the animal was taken, the artist pictured a shoulder mount that incorporated rocks, wood, barbed wire, and a “No Poaching” sign.
Kimberling said he assumed the mount would be displayed at the regional office in Sheridan. Instead, the mule deer was installed at Sportsman’s Warehouse last week.