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OSP seeks tips to find poacher who illegally took deer west of Bend

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon State Police sought the public's help Tuesday in identifying the person(s) seen leaving the area of the 4606 Road near Bull Springs Road west of Bend Monday afternoon with a large mule deer buck that had been poached.

Around 3:30 p.m., a TIP (Turn In Poachers) tip was reported to OSP regarding an older two-toned (white/brown) square body Ford pickup leaving the area, with a large mule deer buck seen in the bed of the pickup. The vehicle was also reported to have a black Dakine-style mountain bike tailgate cover.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police TIP 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

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. It’s not just Central Oregon. I read a story on one of the Eugene t.v stations yesterday
      about poaching. There have recently been numerous incidents all over Lane county.
      If I remember correctly they listed 7 or 8 different cases…

  1. This is beyond ridiculous… Now because there have been so many different incidents
    of poaching in the Eugene, Springfield, and Lane county area, authorities are calling it a serial poacher, and now we have another to add to the list here.
    I’m really surprised that the person that reported this incident didn’t get the plate number.

        1. Anything is possible but on a F.S road people are supposed to be driving
          slower. I’ve been hunting for 45 years, and I worked in the woods, and in
          all that time I don’t remember seeing any deer that had been hit by a vehicle
          laying on forest service roads…

    1. Yes it is legal to harvest roadkill, but considering the area that they were in,
      it’s not very likely that this is what happened…
      I’m glad that the person reported it. You don’t have to witness someone poaching
      to make a report. As far as I know, there are no special hunts going on right now,
      so seeing what was described as a large buck in the back of a pickup is enough reason
      to report it…
      If they did salvage road kill and did it correctly, then they have nothing to worry
      about if they were located…

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