ISLAND CITY — An Island City father and son were arrested last
week on charges of poaching elk from a premier hunting unit in
Richard “Ricky” Anderson, 24, and Richard A. Anderson, 46, face
multiple charges in Wallowa and Union counties.
The state has accused the men of poaching two bull elk in the Wenaha
Wildlife Management Unit in northeast Oregon. The state game department
issues only 20 tags each archery season for the controlled hunting unit
that has big branch-antler bull elk.
“This is a very difficult tag to obtain,” according to state police,
“and for most hunters it may be a once-in-a-lifetime hunting
Ricky Anderson faces Wallowa County charges of exceeding the bag
limit of bull elk and unlawfully taking bull elk, and Union County
charges of unlawful possession of wildlife parts and borrowing another
person's elk tag.
Richard A. Anderson faces a Wallowa County charge of aiding in a
violation of wildlife law and Union County charges of unlawful
possession of wildlife parts (bull elk killed in Arizona in 2008) and
loaning an elk tag.
All the charges are Class A misdemeanor wildlife crimes. Oregon State
Police Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have booked the duo into the
Union County Jail pending appearances in court.
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