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OR - Hunting Violations on the Rise

This was a very bad year as far as illegal kills during the deer and elk seasons, according to Senior Trooper Amos Madison, an Oregon State Police fish and game officer based in Prineville.

A lot of the poaching started a week before the deer season, he said. Trespassing on private ranches was a common violation. Spotlighting and hunting after hours were other top violations. Five elk were shot during the deer season that Madison was aware of, including one person who shot two elk. Some of the violators were caught and cited while other cases are still being investigated.

Madison helped with two decoy operations in the Ochocos during the deer season. During one operation, seven vehicles drove by the decoy and all seven stopped and one to three of the occupants shot at it illegally. During the second operation, about 80 percent of the vehicles stopped and shot illegally. Madison said the other 20 percent apparently had prior knowledge that the decoy was out.

To help catch violators, Pond suggests that more people use the TIP hotline (Turn in Poachers) at 800-452-7888. There are substantial rewards for turning in a poacher...

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