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OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers Taking Aim at Poachers in Southern Oregon
11/10/2009
Sergeant Kirk Meyer
Oregon State Police
Fish & Wildlife Division - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6114 ext. 226

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in southern Oregon are encouraging people to report poaching activity, especially now that most rifle deer hunting seasons are ending and many large bucks are illegally killed in the following days.
 
"Our troopers are actively pursuing their game of choice, and our quarry is the poacher," said Sergeant Kirk Meyer from the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division at the Central Point office.
 
In the first incident last week, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers received information of a large 4X4 buck that was shot at a local area golf course. An investigation revealed that the large buck had been seen in the area for weeks until it was unlawfully killed by a man who did not have a deer tag. The month long deer hunting season was winding down with just a few days to go when the large buck was shot.
 
State Police troopers seized the carcass from a 39-year old Rogue River man who illegally tagged it with his tag. The 67-year old Medford man who shot it wanted the head for a taxidermy mount. He tagged it with the tag he purchased after killing it.
 
"Our investigation found that this person took advantage of a new rule allowing someone to purchase a tag after the season opened. Despite signing a statement swearing he had not yet hunted for the game for which the tag was purchased, he had already killed the deer," said Meyer.
 
Misdemeanor charges for TAKING DEER WITHOUT A DEER TAG, FALSE APPLICATION FOR A DEER TAG and LOANING A DEER TAG are pending against both men. (Photo #1 is related to this case)
 
In a second incident, troopers received information this week of some men on ATVs on a mountainside near Central Point in an area where deer poaching has previously been reported. A trooper was in the area looking for the men when he saw them coming down the mountain on ATVs and one of them was hauling a dead buck. The deer hunting season had ended last Friday, except for youth hunters with a tag who were allowed to hunt through the weekend.
 
With the help of responding troopers, the three men were found inside a shed at a Central Point home. The freshly killed buck was hanging in the shed and they were skinning it. There were two other bucks also found hanging in the shed, and a third was found already butchered inside a freezer in the home. The four bucks and two rifles were seized. (Photo #2 is related to this case)
 
Cited to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court related to the second incident were:
  • ROBERT LUND, age 37, from Central Point, for Exceeding the Bag Limit – Deer and Unlawful Possession of Deer
  • TIMOTHY GEYER, age 31, from Central Point, for Taking Deer Closed Season
  • ROBERT OCH, age 43, from Central Point, for Aiding in a Wildlife Crime – Taking Deer Closed Season
 
As most rifle deer hunting seasons have ended, Sergeant Meyer stressed the importance to check the 2009 Oregon big game regulations for information about late hunting seasons still to come for muzzle loaders and bow hunters.  Anyone with information about possible poaching activity in their area is asked to call the statewide TIP (Turn in Poacher) Hotline at 1-800-452-7888.