BUTTE – A man and teenager attempting to canoe – with a poached deer on board – in the partially frozen waters of the Jefferson River got stuck in an ice jam Sunday afternoon.
Madison County Undersheriff Roger Thompson said a 45-year-old man and 16-year-old boy were navigating the waterway about a mile north of the Silver Star Fishing Access Site when their canoe became lodged in the ice. The two, whose names have not been released, allegedly were illegally hunting and had a buck whitetail deer in the canoe with them, he said.
They called authorities for assistance. The Twin Bridges Quick Response Unit, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded alongside Ruby Valley’s ambulance and search and rescue.
Crews were able to retrieve the boat and its occupants by towing the canoe with a rope from the shoreline. No one was injured.
Game wardens determined the deer to be illegally hunted without permission from the landowner, Thompson said. The man was cited.