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Thieves targeting antlers in Illinois

January 09, 2009 at 10:42 AM

CARLINVILLE. (AP)—It’s no moose on the loose, but authorities in two southwestern Illinois counties are trying to rein in a spree of brazen antler thefts.

Investigators in Macoupin (muh-KOO’-pin) and Jersey counties say at least 89 deer and elk antlers have been stolen from homes during burglaries since mid-November.

Macoupin County sheriff’s Detective Mike Kostich says many break-ins have been during daylight and often on dead-end roads.

He suspects the burglaries are related to others in which such items as laptop computers and chain saws have been stolen.

Kostich says 65 deer antlers have been stolen in Jersey County, where Sheriff Mark Kalall says burglaries involving deer antlers began surfacing a few weeks ago.

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There were two recent articles in past issue of Deer and Deer hunting or North American Whitetail which discussed the value of antlers and mounts.  It amazed me what some people are paying for record racks and single, matched antler sets.  Its no wonder it has come to this.  If you were one of the victims of such a crime I would watch Ebay.  It has one hell of a antler market and this is the time people are buying and selling.  How do you ever put a value on a trophy that has been stolen from your house?  Its a shame things have come to this.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/09 at 03:32 PM

Here is link to the KMOV news story which shows a picture of some of the horn mounts.  If investigators would put out any of the owner’s photos of the racks it would be easier to spot them on ebay, craigslist etc. 

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/metro-east-police-searching-for-deer-antler-thieves/600563571/?icid=VIDURVNWS02

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/09 at 04:25 PM

What they are not telling you is that most of these trophy mounts are not covered under your homeowners insurance policies.  In order to get insurance coverage on such an item you must have “collectibles” appraised and listed on a special rider to the basic insurance policy.  Most people never do this, because a burglary of a trophy off the wall of your home is the last thing that you would expect.  Insurance cannot replace the memories of the hunt like the original trophy, however, it may make the pain a little easier to take.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/10 at 05:19 PM

I read both articles in Deer and deer hunting magazine as well as NAW magazine.  All it takes is for a few of these poached out idiots to read these articles and it stimulates their little brains into a burglary.  The more they publicize what the horns are worth the more this will happen.  I know these writers think they’re doing us a favor by plastering the estimated worth of horns in every magazine but it’s only adding fuel to the fire. 
These horns will turn up on ebay or somone will recognize them.  My advice would be to post photos of stolen mounts and horns on every outdoor website you can find and sooner or later somebody will run across some of them.

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