Police: Winston man cited in black-tailed deer poaching case
WINSTON, Ore. -- Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division executed a search warrant Sunday morning, concluding a year-and-a-half long investigation into the unlawful take of several black-tailed deer, Oregon State Police officials said.
Troopers from the Albany and Roseburg areas served the warrant at a Winston address where three sets of trophy black-tailed buck antlers and a center fire rifle were seized as evidence, police said.
David Barton, 28, of Winston, was cited and released on three counts of unlawful take/possession of buck deer, police said.
The search warrant stemmed from an investigation that showed Barton had killed several deer without any deer tags and was exceeding bag limits, the report said.
"A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon," the state police said in a news release.
If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6,250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).
Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (monitored M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Officials say to use the TIP Hotline for weekend and evening reporting.
Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program from Oregon State Police:
The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.
In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100