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122 More Oregon Charges Filed Against SW WA Poaching Suspects, Others

Southwest Washington poaching suspects and others now face charges in a fourth Oregon county, in addition to many more north of the Columbia as well.

Prosecutors in The Dalles yesterday filed 122 wildlife misdemeanor charges against 11 men and women, including a combined 87 against the two men whose phones led game wardens in both states to discover a shocking amount of alleged illegal killing of wintering bucks for their antlers, as well as unlawfully chasing bear and bobcat with dogs.

BUCK HEADS AND A RIFLE SEIZED DURING SEARCH WARRANTS SERVED IN COWLITZ COUNTY IN MARCH 2017. (WDFW VIA KPTV)

Those two individuals are Erik C. Martin and William J. Haynes, both 24 and from Kelso and Longview. They were hit with 42 and 45 of the charges in Wasco County, where the case began in fall 2016.

According to reports from KOIN and The Seattle Times, others who were charged there include:

Joseph A. Dills, 31, of Longview: 12 counts

Aaron B. Hendricks, 35, of Woodland: five counts

Sierra Dills, 18, of Longview: four counts

David R. McLeskey, 59, of Woodland: four counts

Eddy A. Dills, 58, of Longview: two counts

Kimberly K. Crape, 20, hometown unknown: two counts

Wyatt Keith, 17, hometown unknown: two counts

Aubri N. McKenna, 36, hometown unknown: one count

Aaron C. Hanson, 38, hometown unknown: one count

Hendricks, McKlesky, Haynes and Joseph A. Dills also face charges in Oregon’s Clackamas County, they’ve pleaded not guilty to more in Clatsop County, and McKleskey and Dills are expected to be charged in Lincoln County too, according to news reports.

Also charged in Clatsop County was Eddy Dills, who recently appeared on Seattle news station KING-5 to take aim at Washington’s timber damage prevention bear hunts to excuse his alleged actions, which seems more and more farcical with every new charge against him, his family and acquaintances.

Eddy Dills reportedly pleaded not guilty to poaching in Clatsop County.

Haynes and Joseph A. Dills were each initially charged with 64 counts each in Washington’s Skamania County, Martin with 28, Eddy Dills with 26.

Charges against ringmembers have also been filed in Cowlitz, Lewis, Jefferson and Pacific Counties.

WILLIAM J. HAYNES IN A SELFIE AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING AN ILLEGALLY HUNTED BLACK BEAR AT CLOSE RANGE WITH A SHOTGUN. (WDFW)

It all stems from a single traffic stop during the harsh winter of 2016-17.

Oregon State Police wildlife troopers investigating a string of headless bucks shot and left on winter range near Mt. Hood matched a trail cam photo of a truck with one spotted in The Dalles and pulled it over.

Inside were Haynes and Martin, and a mountain of evidence was ultimately found on their phones and homes.

WILLIAM J. HAYNES AND ERIK C. MARTIN. (WDFW)

ODFW, OSP Team To Remove Arrows From 2 Shady Cove Does; Search Still On For Poacher

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Two deer, illegally shot with arrows in the Shady Cove area, were successfully tranquilized yesterday and the arrows removed.

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ODFW wildlife biologists and Oregon State Police fish and wildlife officers worked together to track and tranquilize the deer, remove the arrows and treat the wounds. The deer, an adult doe and a yearling doe, were successfully released in good health with no visible infection.

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“Pictures of these deer stuck with arrows have been circulating widely in the media and social media, and understandably, it’s upsetting to see. We are happy to say the arrows were removed and these deer have a very good chance of survival,” said Steve Niemela, Rogue District Wildlife Biologist.

Last week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State police began receiving calls from landowners in Shady Cove who saw these deer on their properties. Niemela said this is the second time in two years deer were illegally shot with arrows.

“This is not ethical hunting, it’s a twisted act of poaching,” said Zach Lycett, board member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunter’s Association. “True ethical hunters respect the animals they hunt and are grateful for the opportunities to hunt. We do not stand for these kinds of criminal acts.”

OSP Sergeant Jim Collom said OSP is investigating and encourages anyone with information to call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888.

The Rogue Valley OHA contributed $1,500, Ashland Archers contributed $100 and Dewclaw Archery contributed $500 to add on to the Oregon Hunter’s Association’s standard $500 reward for information leading t

What Have They Got In Their Nasty Little Pocketses? Overlimits Of Clams, It Turns Out

A South Sound beach was hit hard by clam poachers in recent weeks, including one woman who allegedly stuffed three times the legal limts of clams into her coat pockets.

Game wardens detail three different instances of greedy shellfishers hitting Penrose Point State Park, on the south side of the Kitsap Peninsula.

“MRS. COAT POCKETS” AND FRIENDS ALLEGEDLY HARVESTED OVERLIMITS OF CLAMS AT PENROSE POINT STATE PARK. (WDFW)

According to an account posted on Facebook this morning, Fish and Wildlife Officer Jeff Summit and a student officer first observed a woman placing a “large bucket” worth of clams in the trunk, then heading back to the beach apparently for more.

They contacted her and found she’d allegedly collected “four extra limits” above the daily limit of 40 clams. She was also cited for avoiding field inspection.

During checks of the same area a few days afterwards, a woman and another individual were spotted putting clams into small bags then jamming them into pockets.

When a warden went to check on them, the woman “was very surprised to encounter an officer, and tried to do anything she could to get rid of her coat.”

Might have been easier if it wasn’t so loaded down with bivalves — she allegedly was concealing 125 clams in its pockets

All totaled, 170 clams had been taken the duo, according to WDFW.

Meanwhile, as officers were dealing with “Mrs. Coat Pockets,” two more parties on the beach saw the officers and began “scattering like quail.”

As you can imagine, they also had a few more clams than legal.

A dumped bucket of nearly 300 hard-shells was recovered high up on the beach, with more over-limits discovered hidden in coat pockets,” WDFW reports.

Commenters on Facebook praised officers’ work and expressed puzzlement about how people could be so greedy.

Albany-area Man Arrested For Multiple Alleged Wildlife Violations

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

In early March of this year, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers executed a search warrant in Benton County near the city of Adair resulting in the seizure of multiple deer and elk antlers, a shoulder mount of a bighorn sheep and a compound bow.

AN OREGON STATE POLICE IMAGE SHOWS NUMEROUS BIG GAME MOUNTS SEIZED DURING AN INVESTIGATION INTO A 32-YEAR-OLD ADAIR-AREA MAN’S ACTIVITIES. (OSP)

The investigation started when OSP received information that two bull elk were killed on the same day, by the same individual, during the 2016 Archery Season.

As a result of the search warrant, a 32 year old Benton County man was charged with 11 counts of unlawful possession of buck deer antlers, 3 counts of unlawful possession of elk antlers; lend/borrow elk tag, no written record of big game tag, exceeding bag limit, unlawful take bull elk, and tampering with physical evidence.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.

Bull Elk Poached Near Silver Falls SP, Only Antlers Taken

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

On April 2, 2018 Troopers from the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division received a call of a dead elk off of Silver Ridge Rd west of Silver Falls State Park.

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Troopers located the elk and were able to determine it was a large branch antler bull that had been shot and killed with a high power rifle. The antlers were taken and the entire carcass was left to waste. The antlers were broken off at the bases and will appear similar to a naturally shed antler.

Troopers were able to recover a bullet from the elk carcass and are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect. The bull was likely shot over Easter weekend, from Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st.

Any information can be forwarded to Senior Trooper Chris Boeholt in the Salem office of OSP Fish and Wildlife Division via the TIP line: 1-800-452-7888. A TIP reward is available for information leading to a convicti on.

OSP Asking For Help In Case Of Poached, Wasted 5-point Tioga Bull

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of a 5×5 bull elk, discovered in a clear cut off of 7000 Road (Weyerhaeuser Permit Area) within the Tioga Unit.

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On Sunday, February 18, 2018, a Trooper from the Roseburg Patrol Office was contacted about the location of the bull elk. The elk appeared to have been shot and was left to waste with no meat taken. Troopers from the Roseburg Patrol Office later responded to the area and discovered evidence and injuries consistent with the bull being shot with a rifle. The bull appeared to have been dead for one to two weeks.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677) or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111. Callers can remain anonymous.

Salem Couple, Others Cited For Poaching Multiple Bucks, Other Animals

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

On February 14, 2018, the LaPine Office of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division completed a four month investigation into the unlawful killing of several Winter Range Trophy Class Mule Deer Bucks. They were assisted by Fish and Wildlife Troopers from both the Klamath Falls and Salem offices.

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The investigation originated when a trooper located a trophy class buck deer shot near Cabin Lake Road in Lake County with the assistance from the OSP Fish and Wildlife Aircraft during winter range patrol. That incident led to a search warrant being executed at the residence of G.W. Todd FULFER, age 40, and his wife Samantha GERMAN-FULFER, age 27, in Salem, on January 31, 2018. Evidence at the residence, along with additional information, led Fish and Wildlife Troopers to the Albany home of Scott Allan HARRIS, age 55. Upon the service of a second search warrant, additional evidence was seized including several trophy class antlers.

A fourth suspect, Jacen Todd FULFER, age 19, was contacted at his residence in Lebanon, as officers conducted their investigations in Salem and Albany.

All four suspects were cited into Lake County Circuit Court on a variety of charges ranging from Take/Possession-Buck Deer (Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Waste of Game Mammal, and Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Method.

The investigation produced evidence indicating both Samantha GERMAN-FULFER and her husband, GW Todd FULFER, committed wildlife crimes in Lake, Jefferson, Benton, Linn, and Marion Counties. In addition to the multiple deer suspected to have been poached by the FULFERS in 2017, evidence at the residence suggested that a wild turkey and pheasant were also harvested illegally. The suspects were also cited into the other counties for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and various Wildlife Crimes.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677) or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

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.

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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).

 

Record Payout For Oregon Anti-poaching Reward Program In 2017

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION

The Oregon Hunters Association’s Turn In Poachers (TIP) reward fund paid a record $24,200 in rewards to informants in poaching cases last year, according to a report delivered to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission by OHA State Vice President John Gander on Friday, Feb. 9 in Portland.

OREGON STATE POLICE CREDITED THE TURN-IN-POACHERS PROGRAM IN PART FOR DEVELOPING SUSPECTS, INCLUDING NATHAN W. CROUCH, IN THE SHOOTING AND WASTING OF TWO BULL ELK NEAR ELGIN IN NOVEMBER 2016. (OSP)

The rewards were paid in 50 separate fish and wildlife violation cases reported to Oregon State Police Offices throughout the state.

Both the number of cases and reward sums easily eclipsed all previous marks in the program’s 32-year history. Reward cases in recent years have typically numbered from 20 to 35, and total reward amounts averaged approximately $10,000.

OHA in 2017 increased the standard reward amounts, which now range from $100 for birds, fish and furbearers to $500 for deer, elk and antelope and $1,000 for bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose.

OHA State Coordinator Duane Dungannon, whose OHA Office issues the reward checks, believes the increased reward amounts likely contributed to the sharp increases in cases as well as the sum of rewards.

“Obviously increasing the amounts of each reward will result in a greater total paid for the year, but the jump in the number of TIP cases – where a caller requests the reward – suggests there’s more going on,” Dungannon said. “The rewards offered are included in news releases published in local media when a poaching case occurs and police are looking for leads, so members of the public can see that we’re offering them some sizable sums to do the right thing.”

An increased level of public awareness may be a factor, as well, according to Lieutenant Craig Heuberger of the Fish and Wildlife Division at the Oregon State Police headquarters in Salem.

“I think it is a combination of different things,” Heuberger said. “We are doing a better job of advertising the TIP program through social media such as our monthly newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook. When we make a TIP case and are able to promote it, we try to channel that information out to the public every chance we get.

THE UPDATED TURN IN POACHERS LOGO FEATURES THE OREGON STATE POLICE’S NEW MOBILE NUMBER, *OSP. (OHA)

“Internally we have changed the administration of the TIP program to make it easier for the Troopers to get the information they need to promote the TIP program to the public, and we have also streamlined the reporting mechanism to make it easier for Troopers to turn the documentation in that is needed to facilitate a TIP request to OHA.”

Started in 1986 with startup funds from OHA and Leupold & Stevens, the TIP fund is largely self-sustaining as the result of courts ordering convicted violators to pay restitution to the fund. The $23,917 restitution paid to the reward fund in 2017 nearly equaled the reward amounts paid for the year.

Poaching will be a major emphasis in the current state legislative session that opened this week. One bill would better enable courts to apply the penalties already in place for poaching. In addition, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will present a proposal for a poaching public awareness campaign, mandated by a budget note requested by OHA and attached to the agency’s budget when it was approved last year.

OHA chapters and other conservation groups sometimes pledge additional amounts in particularly heinous poaching cases. Reward offers have exceeded $17,000 in a few cases, including one involving a recent northeast Oregon bighorn sheep poaching and another in a southern Oregon elk killing and wasting spree that took place for an extended period of time. When the reward of $17,500 was offered, the elk killing stopped.

OHA (oregonhunters.org) is the state’s largest Oregon-based pro-hunting organization, with 10,000 members and 26 chapters statewide. Its mission is “Protecting Oregon’s wildlife, habitat and hunting heritage.”

How the TIP Program Works

Callers can remain anonymous and still collect a reward from OHA if the information leads to a citation.
TIP hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or dial *OSP (24/7)
TIP email: TIP@state.or.us (monitored weekdays 8 a.m to 5 p.m.)
Use the TIP hotline on weekends and evenings.

Standard rewards:

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose: $1,000.
Elk, deer, antelope: $500.
Bear, cougar, wolf: $300.
Habitat destruction: $300.
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags: $200.
Game fish, shellfish, upland birds, waterfowl, furbearers: $100.

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

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESSS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

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.

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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.