Dan Gallagher is the owner of Monarch Valley Whitetails.
Monarch Valley Whitetails is a high fence deer farm, that entertains approximately 10 to 15 hunting groups per year. Gallagher’s deer, which generate an average of $6,500 to $8,500 per animal from guest hunters, are fenced in about 160 of his 620 acres in the Trempealeau County town of Preston between Coral City and Blair.
Due to recent events Gallagher has offered up a $20,000 reward for any information that leads to arrest of persons responsible for shooting 13 of his trophy bucks. Gallagher said the shootings happen from a raised area along Highway S, where the shooter(s) can see over of the fence. Gallagher has surveillance equipment and multiple signs posted along the fence lines. On Monday, during a tour of the property, he noticed three sections of signs had been removed.
“If I knew of something different to do, I would do it,” he said. “I look in every direction for an answer, and I don’t find one.”
Det. Mike Anderson of the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office called the office’s investigation “exhaustive” in a published report, adding that the office is looking for assistance from the public.
Police have been given the names of possible suspects, and the name of an Amish neighbor who has reportedly witnessed some of the shooting but is reluctant to become involved in the legal process, Gallagher said.
“I don’t know what else the police can do,” he said, adding that anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 715 538-4351.
Gallagher said he is “at a loss” as to why someone would shoot the deer because none of the animals are removed. Whether you agree with high fence hunting or not, this is a tragedy.
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