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Father, son accused of hunting crimes

September 14, 2011

From KVAL.com

ISLAND CITY, Ore. - State police charged a father and son with illegally killing elk in an area considered a once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunity.

Richard "Ricky" Anderson, 24, and Richard A. Anerson, 46, both of Island City near La Grande face charges in both Union and Wallowa counties.

Both men were jailed in Union County pending appearances in court.

Richard "Ricky" Anderson, age 24

Wallowa County charges:

  • Exceeding the Bag Limit of Bull Elk
  • Unlawfully Taking Bull Elk

Union County charges:

  • Unlawful Possession of Wildlife Parts
  • Borrowing Another Person's Elk Tag

Richard A. Anderson, age 46

Wallowa County charges:

  • Aiding in a Violation of Wildlife Law

Union County charges:

  • Unlawful Possession of Wildlife Parts (Bull Elk killed in Arizona in 2008)
  • Loaning an Elk Tag

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division troopers made the arrests following an investigation into the unlawful taking of two bull elk in the Wenaha Wildlife Management Unit in northeast Oregon.

The Wenaha Unit is considered a premier controlled branch antler bull elk hunting unit for which only 20 tags are issued during archery season, police said.

This is a very difficult tag to obtain, and for most hunters it may be a once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunity, police added.

The investigation began when La Grande-area OSP Senior Trooper Kris Davis developed information that three bull elk were unlawfully taken in the Wenaha Wildlife Management Unit during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 archery seasons.

The information alleged Ricky Anderson killed two branch antler bull elk using a general season archery tag which is not valid in the Wenaha Unit for branch antler bull elk.

He did possess a controlled hunt tag for the Wenaha Unit in 2010, but allegedly killed two branch antler bull elk.

With the assistance of the Union County District Attorney's Office, a search warrant was obtained by OSP to search a residence in Island City.

During execution of the search warrant, OSP troopers seized one large set of elk antlers and other evidentiary items.

After analyzing the evidence, a second search warrant was served at the same residence where troopers seized three additional sets of elk antlers.

Overall, four sets of elk antlers were seized during the investigation - one
6X6 set of antlers had an official "Pope and Young" score of 319 1/8 - and all of the antlers were trophy class.

One of the sets of elk antlers seized is believed to be from an unlawfully killed bull elk by Richard Anderson in 2008 in Arizona, police said.

Wildlife unlawfully taken from another state is illegal to possess in Oregon. OSP is working with Arizona Game & Fish officers on this investigation.

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