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Hunter's prized possession stolen from meat market

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

When you walk into Rhonda Koltz's home in Stevens Point chances are you won't miss the deer on the wall. But now, there's an empty spot.

"It was his biggest deer," said Rhonda Koltz. 

During the nine day gun deer season, Koltz's husband, Chad, shot a 10-point buck.

"It's something he wanted to mount and put on the wall, to show off and say hey, you know, I did this," explained Koltz.

But before that could happen, the buck was stolen.

"He was mad, like really mad," said Koltz.

It started last week. Chad Koltz brought the deer to People's Meat Market to be prepared. A few days later it was ready. But when the family went to pick up the prized deer for mounting, it was gone.

"To actually shoot this one, watch it go down, drag it out of the woods, all the stuff you got to do, it's a big deal," said Koltz.

Portage County Sheriff's deputies say the deer was stolen from the garage of the meat market. Owners say that's where they keep all the deer waiting to be picked up.

"They were way in the back, behind the garage," said Lee Falkavage, owner of People's Meat Market.

Sheriff's deputies say they've narrowed down a time and location the deer was taken. But, so far, have no leads.

Falkavage says this is something that's never happened before.

"He's got the bragging rights, he shot it. Whoever took it, the only bragging right they got is that they stole it," said Falkavage.

Now the Koltz's are asking for help.

"Maybe somebody seen something, heard something," said Koltz.

Because, they say, filling this empty spot would be the best present.

"It would be the highlight of his Christmas," laughed Koltz.

If you have any information about the stolen deer please call the Portage County Sheriff's office at (715) 346-1400.

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