Roseburg-area Man Charged With Poaching Trophy Bull Elk
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION
On August 30, 2021, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers from Roseburg began an investigation from information obtained from an area resident into the potential unlawful take of a trophy class bull elk in Glendale in Douglas County. By September 6, 2021, two suspects were identified, interviewed, and charged with the crimes.
The main suspect, Jeremy Pritchard (39) of Dillard, confessed to shooting the bull elk with a rifle on August 30, 2021, during the general archery season in the Powers Hunt Unit. Additionally, the suspect used his general archery season Tioga Hunt Unit archery tag to tag the bull a day later after taking it with his rifle. The suspect was cited and released for Hunting a Game Mammal Prohibited Method, Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Area, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Fail to Immediately Validate a Big Game Tag, and Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal. The suspect’s accomplice, Dean Hickok (62) of Glendale in Douglas County, confessed to knowingly aiding the suspect in the processing and transporting of the illegally taken trophy bull elk. He was cited and released for Aiding in a Game Violation.
The elk antlers, game meat, and rifle were seized as evidence.
Don’t forget to contact your Oregon State Police F&W Troopers should you need assistance or should you observe any unlawful activity. The Oregon State Police “TIP” line is monitored twenty-four hours a day with reported F&W violation information forwarded directly to F&W Troopers via the Oregon State Police Dispatch Centers. We’re here to help and only a phone call away. Good luck on your hunts and we’ll see you in the field!
Anyone with information regarding a Fish or Wildlife violation is urged to contact the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us