THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION
On June 23, 2022, the Oregon State Police executed a search warrant at the residence of Norman Jones. The warrant stemmed from information gathered in a previous search warrant of a co-conspirator which linked Jones to poaching several deer using a rifle. Jones has a prior felony conviction. During the execution of the search warrant the following firearms were seized as evidence; a Winchester model 88, .308 caliber rifle with mounted scope and a Marlin model 550, .22 caliber rifle with a mounted scope which also included a flashlight taped to the barrel.
In addition to the firearms, Jones possessed a variety of wildlife parts including numerous sets of deer and elk antlers that were still attached to the skull. Jones was unable to provide documentation to show the majority of the antlers or other wildlife parts were lawfully possessed resulting in the seizure of the following wildlife as evidence:
3 spike deer
17 Forked-horn deer (2pt)
19 Three-point deer
18 Four-point deer
2 Bull elk (5×5 and a 4×4)
Owl parts, including wings and legs
Prior to being indicted on the previous charges, OSP received additional information that Jones was again in possession of a firearm.
On April 6, 2023, OSP executed another search warrant at Jones’s residence. Seized as evidence during the search warrant was a Savage model 111, .300 Win Mag rifle with scope.
Jones was subsequently lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.
On April 11, 2023, Jones was indicted by the Clackamas County grand jury on the following charges:
Unlawful Possession/Take Big Game Mammal (Class A Misdemeanor) 38 counts
Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Class C Felony) 4 counts
Editor’s note, June 19, 2023: This blog was mistakenly posted without attributing it to OSP Fish and Wildlife Division. My policy is to always post at the top where press releases originate, but in this case I forgot and didn’t realize it till this morning.