On Nov. 25, 2003, the Porcupine Plain office of Saskatchewan Environment received a complaint from the Weekes area regarding a whitetail buck that that been shot and left. The animal had been shot on posted land, dragged into a hay field where the antlers were removed and the carcass left to rot until it was unfit for human consumption. Bullet casings found dear the scene were noted to be of an unusual caliber.
The next morning a report came in of another deer that had been found under circumstances similar to the earlier kill. Later that afternoon another deer was reported shot and left on private land. Upon investigation it became apparent that officers were dealing with a group of poachers who were intent on collecting antlers and not concerned about wasting the carcasses. All three kill sites were within 100 Kilometers of each other and, given the similarity of the evidence recovered by investigators, they embarked on a hunt for a group of poachers.