An investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers in Douglas County led to the arrest Saturday of a Riddle-area man related to the unlawful killing of a 6x6 bull elk on the first day of bow hunting season in August 2012.
On September 8, 2012, OSP Trooper Aaron Baimbridge arrested JIM MARTIN, age 42, from Riddle, for Unlawful Possession of a Bull Elk and Unlawful Possession of an Altered Firearm. The arrest stems from an investigation that started August 25, 2012, the opening day of bow hunting season for elk and deer in the Douglas County area, when OSP received an anonymous report of a rifle shot in the Nickel Mine area near Riddle.
Baimbridge responded to area and contacted a group of men in possession of a large bull elk leaving the Nickel Mine area. One of the men identified as MARTIN was driving an ATV pulling a trailer containing a dead 6x6 elk. At the time, MARTIN said he killed the elk with arrows but Baimbridge became suspicious when one the wounds appeared to have been caused by a bullet. Subsequent investigation during the day resulted in OSP seizing the elk for further examination.
The ongoing investigation led to a search warrant being issued for MARTIN's residence in the 5200 block of Riddle Bypass Road. On September 8, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers executed the search warrant, seizing evidence and two firearms, including a handgun with the serial number ground off.
After serving the search warrant, MARTIN was arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail on the listed charges.
Sergeant Lynn Withers
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Fish & Wildlife Division