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Linn Co. Man Arrested On Wildlife, Firearms Possession Charges

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

Fish and Wildlife Division troopers from the Mid-Valley Team (Salem/Albany) served search warrants on the residence of Nathan J. Rice (age 40) of Sweet Home.  Rice is a convicted felon, on post-prison supervision, and is currently serving a lifetime hunting suspension.  Troopers received information Rice was in possession of multiple firearms and wildlife parts associated with two unlawfully killed buck deer.  The search yielded eight firearms, many of which were fully loaded, and multiple sets of trophy blacktailed deer and elk antlers.  The troopers seized the firearms, antlers, and game meat.

NATHAN J. RICE. (OSP)

Rice was lodged at the Linn County Jail on a parole violation detainer and issued criminal citations for Possession of Firearm by Felon (8 counts), Take/Possession Buck Deer (17 counts), Take/Possession Bull Elk (2 counts), Lend/Borrow Big Game Tag, Exceeding Bag Limit of Game Mammal, and Aiding in Wildlife Offense (2 counts).    Additional suspects and charges pending follow-up investigation.

WEAPONS AND GAME PARTS SEIZED AT THE HOME OF NATHAN J. RICE. (OSP)

A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

Anyone with information regarding  wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

OSP Looking For Info On 2 Lane Co. Poachings

Oregon wildlife troopers are asking for the public’s help to solve two recent Lane County poaching incidents.

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They say someone illegally shot an elk near Oakridge the evening of June 2, and they found a dead buck with an arrow in it in west Eugene earlier today.

The elk was discovered after troopers and Oakridge police responded to a trespassing-in-progress call east of town and north of Highway 58.

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While the suspect had fled before officers arrived, they found a dead cow elk that had been shot.

Anyone with information on that case is being asked to call Senior Trooper Marshall Maher (1-800-452-7888; 541-953-9942).

As for the other incident, troopers found the dead blacktail near Churchill High School, arrow protruding from its midsection.

They say that this is the second time something like this has happened in the area and that it could be related.

Tips can be phoned in to Trooper Wolcott at 541-868-5056.

Pendleton Poacher, 18, Fined $50,000, Banned From Hunting For Life

Oregon State Police say that an 18-year-old Pendleton man has been sentenced to pay $50,000 in restitution, had his hunting privileges suspended for life and was put on five years probation for a slew of wildlife violations.

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Troopers say that Joseph Reide St. Pierre pleaded guilty to:

Unlawful take of a trophy whitetail buck
Trespass with a firearm
Unlawful take of a trophy whitetail buck
Unlawful take of a cow elk (X2)
Exceeding annual bag limit
Unlawful take of a mule deer buck
Waste of a game mammal
Hunting upon cultivated lands of another
Unlawful take of trophy mule deer buck
Waste of a game mammal
Assisting or aiding another in the taking of a buck deer (X2)
Unlawful take of a trophy bull elk
Waste of a game mammal
Unlawful take of a whitetail buck
Waste of a game mammal
Unlawful take of mule deer doe
Waste of a game mammal

(No, I didn’t screw up copying and pasting that from OSP’s press release — that’s exactly how it came across.)

The case began last September when troopers received some poaching tips, which led to St. Pierre’s arrest last January for allegedly poaching and wasting game in Umatilla County.

According to OSP, St. Pierre had been unlawfully taking wildlife as far back as 2016.

St. Pierre was also sentenced to pay $500 to a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Youth Day Event.

 

 

Oregon Boaters Caught Way Overlimit On Rockfish

An extra rockfish in the cooler suggested things might be a little fishy aboard the boat coming back into the Hammond Marina one recent evening.

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Oregon fish and wildlife troopers had initially contacted the four occupants as they returned from bottomfishing at the South Jetty, at the mouth of the Columbia River.

After finding that 21st fish, the officers decided a fuller search of the boat just might be in order.

In a plastic tote, they found the rest of the crew’s booty — 53 more fish, mostly black rocks but also a small lingcod and a cabezon.

Troopers report they cited and released one person criminally for overlimits of black rockfish and lingcod, unlawfully keeping an undersized ling, and closed-season harvest of cabezon.

The other three were also cited and released criminally for overlimits of rockfish.

The 54 extra fish were all donated to a food bank.

The case is reported in the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division’s latest newsletter, for April, and just posted today.

It also includes details on several Winchester Bay crab scofflaws, including one caught with 17 undersize Dungies and another with 10, and a Brookings kayak angler who’d stashed a couple extra lingcod in his gear bag.

There’s also a clam caper with Washington suspects sans licenses but with 41 gapers, a Newport-area angler who claimed to have forgotten his license at home but a record check for which found he hadn’t bothering buying one since 2013, and details on several case resolutions.

Keep up the great work, officers!

OSP Looking For Tips On Harney Co., Toledo Doe Poachings

THE FOLLOWING ARE PRESS RELEASES FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

OSP SEEKS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN HARNEY COUNTY POACHING CASE

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of a doe antelope in Harney County.

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On the morning of April 23rd, 2018 the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of a deceased doe antelope off of Crane-Buchanan road on county road #9. The deceased doe antelope was discovered by a local resident who noticed the antelope in a field as he was driving on county road #9. An OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper responded to the scene and discovered the doe antelope appeared to have been shot with a high powered rifle sometime early that morning. The doe antelope did not have any meat removed and was left to waste.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact F&W Trooper Dean Trent through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-589-2547

OSP IS SEEKING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING POACHED BLACKTAIL DOE DEER THAT WAS SHOT

On May 25, 2018, Newport Fish and Wildlife Troopers were called to an area outside of Toledo to investigate a poached deer.  Investigation has shown the deer was shot in the head with a small caliber rifle.  The remains of the deer were located on Sunnyridge Road near the 1000 line road.

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or and arrest made in this case.  The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunting Association Turn-In-poachers (TIP) program.

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Trooper Jason Adkins through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888

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.