July 19, 2011
Oregon Serial Poachers To Spend Next 4 Deer Seasons in Jail
By Dave Hurteau
Every so often, we ask: What is an appropriate punishment for this or that game violation? Well here’s a novel approach, from a story by the Associated Press:
An Oregon man and his son who pleaded guilty to poaching will spend the next four deer seasons in jail and have been stripped of their hunting privileges for life.
Investigators said the family hunted illegally for generations and all but wiped out the deer population in part of a wildlife area.
Under a plea deal, they'll report to prison on Oct. 1—the first day of deer season—for 90-day terms each of the next four years.
So these guys, who have reportedly taken more than 300 deer over the last five seasons, will not be taking any during the next four. Of course, what they’ll do during the off season—when they apparently will not be in jail—is another question.