Southern Utah state representative accused of shooting doe on private property

(Photo courtesy of the Utah Legislature, St. George News) Utah state Rep. Travis Seegmiller, R-St. George

St. George • Residents of a rural community in Washington County have accused a southern Utah state representative of shooting a doe as it was walking through the yard of a private residence and then being deceptive about the incident.

The residents, who live near New Harmony in the Blackridge Ranches development off Old Highway 91, contacted St. George News with information about the alleged Aug. 13 incident, involving a deer that was shot near the corner of 2500 South and 2900 East.

One of the residents, Sean, who requested to be identified by his first name only, said that shortly before 8 p.m., he was at home and heard a gunshot. He said he went outside and saw a man in a fenced yard directly across the road who appeared to be pulling a deer toward a GMC Yukon SUV parked nearby.

Sean said he confronted the man, who identified himself as Travis Seegmiller. Seegmiller is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 62, which covers a large area of St. George and Washington City.

Sean said Seegmiller told him that he was out of work and needed the deer meat for his family.

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