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Reward For Info On Poaching Of Rogue Valley Elk Upped

Thanks to contributions from local hunters, the reward for information on the poaching of a bull elk north of Medford has doubled.

One thousand dollars is now on offer for helping bring the person(s) responsible for illegally shooting the four-point on the morning January 27 to justice.


Oregon fish and wildlife troopers arrived at 9 a.m. to the scene, about a mile south of Highway 234 along Agate Road, south of Sams Valley, and found the mortally wounded bull, which had been shot behind the left shoulder.

“A witness in the area said that two hours prior to the troopers arrival, he had observed a newer, white, full-size truck that had stopped in the roadway just east of where the bull was located,” OSP reported. “The witness reported the passenger of that vehicle fired the shot. The vehicle then left the area.”

Along with the standing offer of $500 through the Turn-In-Poachers fund, the  Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunters Association has added another $500.

Anyone with information can call the TIP line at (800) 452-7888 or state police dispatch  (541-776-6111).


OSP Wildlife Troopers Seek Info On Poaching Of Jackson Co. Bull Elk Last Saturday


On January 27 at approximately 9:00 am, Central Point Fish and Wildlife Troopers were called to the Sam’s Valley area near Agate Road to investigate the possible shooting of a bull elk. This is in Jackson County and is approximately one mile south of Highway 234.


When Troopers arrived they found a four point bull elk standing in a pasture with what appeared to be a bullet wound just behind his left shoulder blade. Shortly after their arrival, the bull succumbed to his injury. A witness in the area said that two hours prior to the Troopers arrival, he had observed a newer, white, full size truck that had stopped in the roadway just east of where the bull was located. The witness reported the passenger of that vehicle fired the shot. The vehicle then left the area.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Judge Hammers Elgin Man For Poaching, Wasting 2 Northeast Oregon Bull Elk

A Northeast Oregon man must serve two months in jail, has lost his hunting license for eight years and will have to pay $17,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to poaching two bull elk at night from a road and with the aid of a light in mid-November 2016, wasting both animals completely.


Nathan Crouch, 27, who was on the lam in Nevada until last month, was recently sentenced by Union County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Powers for the four wildlife misdemeanors, according to local news outlets.

The case outraged Elgin-area residents, who provided Oregon State Police fish and wildlife troopers with “overwhelming support” in identifying Crouch as well as Dylan Crouch, then 22, and Briana Black, then 18, as suspects.

According to a report today on My Columbia Basin, Nathan Crouch admitted to shooting both elk, six- and five-point bulls.

The La Grande Observer reports that as Dylan Crouch held a spotlight on the bulls, Nathan Crouch shot them.

Black was in the vehicle.

All three are from Elgin.

Last winter Black and Dylan Crouch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor wildlife violation and were sentenced to five days in jail, three months of probation and a loss of hunting privileges until mid-2020, the Observer‘s Cherise Kaechele reported.

Under Oregon law, poachers who kill a bull elk with six or more points on a side are on the hook for a $15,000 penalty payable to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“The defendants in this case just left these animals to rot,” My Columbia Basin reports Union County Senior Deputy District Attorney Christopher L. Storz said. “They took nothing and, by the time they were found, no meat was salvageable. Cases like this one emphasize the need for felonies in the Oregon Game Code, something that currently just isn’t provided for under Oregon law.”