(OREGON STATE POLICE FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION PRESS RELEASE)
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Albany, Burns, McMinnville, Portland, Salem and Tillamook offices completed a five month investigation into unlawful hunting and guiding activities, which resulted in four people being cited on numerous wildlife crimes and related offenses involving Northwest Hunting Adventures guide service. The four people cited included the guide service owner, an employee, and two acquaintances.
According to OSP Senior Trooper Adam Turnbo (McMinnville), OSP was assisted during the investigation by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish & Game. Multiple search warrants were served in Oregon and Indiana to gather evidence related to the investigation and alleged crimes.
The four suspects identified and cited to appear for multiple crimes were:
* BRIAN MILLER, age 27, from Lake Oswego (owner of Northwest Hunting Adventures)
* NATHAN HOSTETTER, age 37, from Lebanon (guide for Northwest Hunting Adventures)
* LOREN KELLER, age 28, from Vancouver, Washington
* CASEY JONES, age 31, from Bargersville, Indiana
The offenses allegedly occurred during a two-year period between February 2009 and February 2011 in Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington, Multnomah, Linn, Gilliam, Douglas and Harney counties. Wildlife unlawfully taken and/or possessed included Blacktail and Mule Deer, Elk, Antelope, Bear, Raccoon, Beaver, and a Hawk.
Examples of the alleged illegal activity included:
* During the 2009 archery season, MILLER and HOSTETTER unlawfully killed four large Mule deer bucks. All four sets of antlers were recovered.
* During a September 2010 hunting trip involving MILLER, HOSTETTER, and JONES, an antelope was unlawfully killed by JONES during a closed season. Parts of the antelope were recovered in Indiana during the execution of a search warrant. JONES has been charged in the State of Indiana with misdemeanor crime of Unlawful Possession of Wildlife Unlawfully Taken in Another State.
* In January of 2011, MILLER and JONES unlawfully killed two cow elk without valid tags. A few weeks later MILLER also killed a spike bull elk.
* KELLER, a Washington State resident, purchased an Oregon 2011 Resident Sport Pac license (combination hunting/angling/shellfish license with associated tags for fish, big game and birds). By making a false application for the Resident Sport Pac license, KELLER saved over $1300 on non-resident license fees. KELLER, a convicted felon, also shot a cow elk in January of 2011 with a rifle. The rifle used in this crime was subsequently located and seized.
The four listed individuals were cited to appear in the above listed counties on multiple crimes which may include:
* Unlawful Taking and/or Possessing Wildlife
* Taking Wildlife Closed Season – Exceeding the Bag Limit of Deer
* Waste of Game Mammal
* Theft in the First Degree
* Falsely Applying for a Resident Sport Pac
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm
* Aiding or Counseling in a Wildlife Violation