On 09/05/20 a property owner in Toledo reported an unlawful take of an elk on his property. A Fish & Wildlife Trooper responded and documented the scene. An area where the elk had been shot and gutted was located on the property. Dirt bike tire ruts and a drag mark where the elk had been pulled were also present. One elk hindquarter was retrieved by the property owner prior to the Troopers arrival. The remaining elk carcass had been entirely removed. A broken portion of a crossbow bolt, a hunting knife, knife sharpener, flashlight, butane torch, 2 tie-down straps, and a hunting pack were also located on scene and recovered as evidence.
A suspect was determined and interviewed at a later date. The suspect ultimately admitted to shooting a spike elk on private property the morning of 9/3/20 before daylight with a crossbow. The suspect, identified as 30-year old Brent K. Manning, was cited and released for: Unlawful Take/Possession of Spike Elk, Hunting on Another’s Cultivated or Enclosed Land, Hunting Prohibited Method: Hunting with Unauthorized Weapon- Crossbow, No Resident Hunting License, No Big Game Tag, and Hunting Prohibited Hours. The crossbow used in the incident was seized as evidence.