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May 26, 2011 Hunting News

Father and Son Poachers Getting Locked Up

We’ve all been in a spot where the conditions were almost perfect. I’ve had countless bow shots blocked because a deer wouldn’t move a foot to his right or left. I’ve seen huge gobblers during deer season. And monster bucks during turkey season. And when those situations arise, you brush it off and move on.

Well, that’s what you’re supposed to do.

Michael (47) and Jorey (25) Peterson took a 10×7 trophy elk with a rifle on the last day of bow season in 2010. Thanks to some helpful tips and a thorough investigation, they have been brought to justice.

And unfortunately for the dastardly duo, the Oregon Legislature passed a new bill in 2009 that upped the penalties for poaching. Under the law, any elk with at least six points on one antler would cost a poacher $15,000.

They will split the $15k fine, but each will serve his own 180 days in jail along with three years of probation and three years of revoked hunting privileges.

This one is a classic case of impatience and flat out stupidity. Hats off to the law enforcement officials who saw this case through. The work that those people and others like them around the country make hunting a lot of fun for the rest of us. And I hope the Peterson pair learned their lesson. They have been made a great example of how important it is to wait for conditions to be just right—and legal.

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