More From OSP’s October Poacher Files

Damnit, despite swearing I wouldn’t continue leering at all the poacher follies, I couldn’t help but get sucked back into OSP’s October newsletter, released today.

There are some real prizes in this one — plus proof that justice prevails.

Hey, Let’s Go Snaggin For The Fun Of It!

Rct. Herman (Astoria) watched as two anglers snagged multiple salmon at Youngs River Falls, but they threw all of the salmon back into the water. As Herman approached to contact the anglers, one of the anglers saw him coming and threw his fishing rod into the brush. Herman retrieved the rod and found the anglers were using an extremely large bare treble hook with no bait or lure, and they had a large amount of lead weight wrapped around the hook shank.

Upon a frisk for weapons, Herman found one angler in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The anglers stated they were just snagging the salmon for fun, and they were not planning on keeping the fish. In addition, neither had a harvest card, and only one had an angling license.

Herman cited the anglers for multiple offenses including Angling Prohibited Method—Snagging, No Valid 2010 Combined Angling Harvest Card, and UPCS—Marijuana.

Not The Brightest Corky In The Display Rack, If You Get Our Drift

Rct. King (Tillamook) finished a case involving a subject who has been catching wild Chinook on the Nestucca River and not validating them on his angling harvest card. He would have his picture taken with the wild fish and display these photographs at a local sporting goods store.

The Nestucca Basin has a bag limit this year of two wild (nonadipose fin-clipped ) Chinook per year due to poor return estimates in the river system. King cited the subject for Exceeding Bag Limit Fall Chinook.

Hey, Let’s Go Snaggin For The Fun Of It, Episode 2!

While checking anglers at Big Creek, Rct. Herman (Astoria) observed an angler he cited at Youngs River Falls two days earlier for illegal salmon angling. When checking his license and tag during this patrol, Herman found the angler still did not have a harvest card. In addition, Herman discovered the second angler with him foul-hooked and retained a coho.

Although the second angler did have a harvest card, he had not validated any fish. Herman cited the first subject again for No Valid 2010 Combined Angling Harvest Card and the second for Unlawful Possession of a Foul-Hooked Salmon and Failure to Immediately Validate Angling Harvest Card.

Herman’s subsequent investigation revealed the second subject was also driving with a suspended driver license. Herman additionally cited him for DWS as well.

The Woods Are This Person’s Safeway Meat Market

Tpr. Boyd (Springfield) and Tpr. Cutsforth (Patrol) responded to a poaching complaint in the Springfield area. The complaint indicated one individual killed at least five buck deer this year. The suspect was contacted and interviewed about the alleged violations that occurred in Lane County.

At the conclusion of the contact, the troopers cited the suspect for Exceeding the Bag Limit of General Season Blacktail Buck Deer x 4, Unlawful Take of Buck Deer—No 2010 Bow Tag, and Failure to Immediately Validate Big Game Tag—2010 Western Oregon Buck Deer Tag and seized 57 large packages of deer meat, a scoped centerfire rifle, five deer buck heads, one elk skull, and an arrow shaft as evidence.

Deer Hunter Fail

Tpr. Mayer (Heppner) responded to a report of two deer hunters who shot and killed two bull elk near the Penland Lake area.

The witness stated he walked up on two young men who were very excited to have just shot and killed their deer. As the suspects were congratulating each other on their kills, the witness informed them the two animals were both bull elk, not mule deer.

Sr. Tpr. Klepp (Astoria) and Tpr. Davis (Patrol) responded to assist. The troopers seized and salvaged both elk, citing both suspects for Taking Elk Closed Season.

Belted, Deep In Left Field

Sr. Tpr. Urbigkeit (Newport) received a complaint from Toledo PD of a four-point buck shot inside the city limits the night before and left to waste. Sgt. Thompson, Sr. Tpr. Kehr, and Tpr. Van Meter (Newport) responded.

The investigation led to a subject who had seen the buck in the baseball field across from his house. He went inside and grabbed a 22 rimfire rifle and opened the top window that faced the ball field. He fired one time hitting the buck in the head and killing it.

He was going to retrieve it after dark, but when Toledo PD showed up asking questions about gunfire, he decided to leave the buck in the field. He was interviewed and eventually admitted to shooting the buck. He said he just wanted to fill his tag.

The troopers cited him for Hunting Prohibited Method—22 Rimfire, Hunting Prohibited Area—Inside City Limits, and Waste of a Game Mammal Buck Deer and seized his rifle, tag, and the deer as evidence.

Not Funny, But Notable — Case Closed: Astoria High Schoolers Sentenced For Poaching Elk

Clatsop County Circuit Court Judge Phil Nelson sentenced three 16-year-old boys for their involvement in the unlawful take and waste of four elk in April 2010. Two of the defendants shot the four elk, one of which was pregnant. Additionally, one of these two defendants led Tpr. O’Connor (Astoria) to a false location of where the incident took place.

Defendant #1 admitted to Unlawful Take of Elk—Closed Season (4 counts) and Wasting Wildlife (4 counts). The judge imposed the following sentence:
• 10 days detention at Oregon Youth Authority, served up front, and 22 additional days, used at counselor’s discretion (2 of the 10 days are for taking trooper to wrong location)
• $6,000 restitution to ODFW
• $200 restitution to OHA TIP program
• 160 hours community service at the Gnat Creek Fish Hatchery
• 2 years suspension of hunting privileges
• 5 years probation stipulating defendant write an apology letter to trooper

Defendant #2 admitted to Unlawful Take of Elk—Closed Season (2 counts) and Wasting Wildlife (2 counts). The judge imposed the following sentence:
• 4 days detention at Oregon Youth Authority with 12 days used at counselor’s discretion
• $3,000 restitution to ODFW
• $200 restitution to OHA TIP program
• 80 hours community service at the Big Creek Fish Hatchery
• 2 years suspension of hunting privileges

Defendant #3 admitted to Aiding in a Wildlife Offense. The judge imposed the following:
• $500 restitution
• $299 fine
• 2 years suspension of hunting privileges

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