Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS > 2006

Teen gets probation, hunting ban after trial

June 30, 2006

By Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune

An Eagle Point teenager will spend 18 months on probation and lose his hunting privileges for two years for his role in a ring accused of illegally shooting black-tailed deer around Eagle Point last fall and videotaping some of their kills.

Under a plea agreement with Jackson County prosecutors, 18-year-old Garrett Bradshaw will also pay more than $1,100 in fines and restitution, forfeit a rifle and refrain from riding in vehicles in which firearms are present.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ray White sentenced Bradshaw in absentia Thursday on misdemeanor charges of hunting with an artificial light and illegal taking of wildlife after accepting the plea agreement.

Defense attorney Carl Caplan represented Bradshaw, who Caplan said was working as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and could not be present at the hearing.

In court, Caplan said Bradshaw "got caught up" in the group involved in the poaching and that he "feels terrible" for what he's done.

Outside of court, Caplan declined to comment.

Assistant District Attorney John Norton argued for a three-year suspension, but noted that Bradshaw cooperated with authorities in recovering a set of
9-by-7 point black-tail antlers from one of the deer poached by the ring.

Bradshaw and his 15-year-old brother were standing next to the dead 9-point buck in a photograph seized by police during one of several searches of Eagle Point residences as part of the Oregon State Police investigation.

The January search warrants yielded more than a dozen guns, at least 12 sets of deer antlers, countless pictures, videos, ammunition and a bag containing the beards of 35 wild turkeys, court papers show.

Bradshaw's plea was the second by an adult and third overall among the six accused in the poaching ring.

Seth Kirk, 20, of White City, earlier pleaded guilty to a first-degree theft charge and was sentenced to 18 months probation, had his hunting privileges suspended for two years and paid $900 in fines and restitution.

The theft charge stemmed from the fact that Oregon's financial value for a black-tailed deer is $800, just above the $750 loss required for a felony theft charge.
If Kirk successfully completes his probation, the conviction will be treated as a misdemeanor, Norton said.

Still awaiting trial or plea is the accused ringleader of the group, 21-year-old Stephen Price. Price is an Eagle Point man who formerly held a permit to trap beavers, muskrats and other furbearers from the Denman Wildlife Area in White City.

In all, five adults and two juveniles have been charged in connection to the poaching. One juvenile already has had his case adjudicated, but the results of that case were not available Thursday.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail [email protected].

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