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Recent poaching incidents have C.O. hunters dismayed

(Update: Adding video, comments by anti-poaching group, local outfitter)

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon State Police said Sunday they are seeking the public's help in identifying whoever shot and killed three elk and left them to waste near Highway 126 and Quail Tree Drive in the Dry Canyon area east of Sisters.

Troopers said an investigation determined all three elk were most likely shot on opening day of the East Central Cascade elk hunting season (Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 1).  

All three elk were located in fairly close proximity, OSP said. 

One mature bull elk had the head and antlers removed and only the two front shoulders salvaged.  A spike bull elk and cow elk were shot and left to waste approximately 40 yards apart.

Yvonne Shaw, the campaign coordinator for "Stop Poaching" in Oregon, drew a distinction Monday between legal hunting and poaching.

"When we're looking at poaching any time, we're looking at people who have no regards for ethics or fair chase," Shaw said. "I just want to make it clear that poaching and hunting are not the same. They are not the same thing, people doing those."

Shaw explained the effects of the illegal action.

"Anytime somebody poaches an animal, not only does it take it out of its own ecosystem, but it takes it away from opportunities for us as Oregonians to experience them," she said.

Leonard Langley, who owns Keystone Ranch Outfitters near Prineville, is upset about the local poaching case, one of several recently around the state.

"It makes me sick, because we have a hard enough problem with the cougars coyotes and the highway," Langley said. "The highway that we see over the last 20 years takes so many animals, it's unbelievable."

"When some human goes and just slaughters three, wastes the meat -- it just makes you sick," he said.

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police TIP (Turn In Poachers) number at 1-800-452-7888 or OSP and leave information for Senior Trooper Creed Cummings. 

Information can also be provided at the following website or the TIP information below.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
$300 Habitat Destruction

$200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

$200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
$100 Furbearers 

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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    1. Absolutely. Any hunter that has information pertaining to poaching should give the information to OSP or ODFW because it’s the right thing to do. They shouldn’t have to be bribed with cash rewards, or preference points…

  1. It infuriates me to no end every time I read a story like this one…
    Anyone that shoots an animal illegally, and leaves the meat to waste
    is a low life scum bag, and they obviously have mental issues…
    Of course there are people that shoot an animal just for the antlers,
    and those that only take the prime cuts of meat and leave the rest.

      1. Thankfully that is a very small minority of hunters, you know like a minority of people destroying businesses in Portland or a minority of law enforcement officers acting badly…….on a positive note over half of most States wildlife conservation budgets come from Hunting and Fishing licensing fees.

        1. I don’t know what the percentage is of hunters that poach, but not everyone
          that poaches would be considered a hunter… Some people shoot animals simply
          because they want to kill something. I like to think that most hunters respect
          the laws that are in place, and a true hunter respects the animal that they are hunting…

      2. You know some of these folks from your many hunts and safaris? How many times have you seen it occur? How many hunting camps have you graced with your presence?

      3. He is referring to those losers who only take the parts of the animal that make steaks or wall mounts. Horn soup doesn’t taste very good. These types set a terrible example for how society views hunters as a whole. Most of us are very ethical.
        Every time I harvest a deer or an elk, I make use of as much of the animal as possible. I do my own butchering. Steaks first, then the rest of the meat not large enough for steaks are cubed/sliced for stews and chilly, jerky, stir fry, etc. The rest of the meat goes to my grinder for making burger/pepperoni/summer sausage. Almost all the trimmings get dried for dog treats. The bones go to dogs. Bones go to the local families with dogs. Even the liver and heart go to the folks I know that enjoy those particular parts. I return the rest of the carcass back to the area I was fortunate enough to get an animal back to the area where I got it for the birds, coyotes, etc can use the rest. I, as all hunters should, use every possible part of the animal harvested…..or, don’t take the animal, period.
        I believe this is what every hunter should plan to do before pulling the trigger of the gun or letting the arrow fly. If you can’t follow this simple, ethical, set of “rules”, you should just head to the grocery store for you next meal.

        1. That is how we do it too. Well, except for returning the carcass to where it was shot, because I bone out the animal where I shoot it. If I can’t eat it, I don’t want to pack it several miles. We do keep some of the bones for our dogs though…
          I started doing my own butchering years ago because I’m very fussy about how the
          meat is cut and taken care of, and I don’t want mine mixed in with a bunch of meat from someone that doesn’t properly take care of the meat…

  2. Evidence shows that 100% of poachers support Donald Trump. I made that up but unlike the stuff your fired boss man made up the last 4 years, I am probably right.

    1. The 100% is probably not correct. However,if Trump supporters find wearing a mask an insult to their personal liberties, it’s not a stretch to think that some would believe hunting laws would be an infringement of rights too. And, of course, anytime there’s a chance to scoff laws AND fire a gun – well, that’s just some folks way to spend a weekend under their MAGA hats.

      1. Some people think that any law infringes on their freedom, but it’s not just limited
        to Trump supporters, or people that wear MAGA hats.
        Perhaps you forgot about the poster child for the peaceful,law abiding,liberal protestors in Portland that ignored the law and shot and killed a guy for no reason.

    1. It’s certainly possible, but it seems like it is usually adults that get caught poaching.
      Nobody that is sane would waste elk meat because it’s incredible. In my opinion, the only thing that’s better is Moose. Sane people don’t shoot animals just for the thrill…

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