Authorities in Ralls County are investigating an apparent deer poaching incident.

Ralls County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of deer poaching in the area of Highway M about 3 a.m. Sunday.

A witness reported seeing a white truck with only a bed frame and no license plates leaving the area toward Highway 61.

Deputies found a buck that had been freshly shot in the field where the poachers had been.

Authorities say this is the third time in 48 hours that a deer had been poached and left behind.

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department needs your help to identify the owners of the truck and suspects in the poaching.

If you have information, please contact the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department or the Missouri Department of Conservation.