October 4, 2016

Two convicted in 2014 Terrebonne poaching of trophy buck

From Oregon State Police:
On November 18, 2014, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers received an anonymous tip of poaching activity in the Metolius Wildlife Management Unit, near Terrebonne. An investigation ensued, resulting in three separate search warrants being served and multiple criminal citations being issued to Justin APLIN, age 43, of Central Point and his father, Jerry APLIN, age 65, of Terrebonne. 

On September 30, 2016, following a 3 day criminal trial, Justin and Jerry APLIN were convicted and sentenced in Jefferson County Circuit Court for the poaching. Justin APLIN was convicted of the Unlawful Take of the Trophy Buck and Borrowing a Big Game Tag. Jerry APLIN was convicted of Loaning a Big Game Tag and Aiding in a Wildlife Violation. They were ordered to pay restitution to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in the amount of $7,500 for the trophy buck. In addition, their hunting privileges were suspended for a period of three years and they were both placed on probation for one year. 

Information on the TIP Reward Program: 

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds. 

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish. 

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers. 

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program. 
* $100 Game Fish 
* $100 Upland Birds 
* $200 Habitat 
* $250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar 
* $500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7) 
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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