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Oregon offers new incentive to catch poachers

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There’s a new program in Oregon with two great benefits: 1) it will help catch poachers and 2) it will give those who turn in poachers big game preference points. The program, which is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association, Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), provides a different incentive to help OSP stop poachers. Those who provide information that leads to an arrest or citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of any big game animal (deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, antelope, bear, mountain lion or wolf) can now decide whether they want the cash reward or big game preference points.

“Poaching is a serious problem for Oregon’s wildlife,” said Travis Schultz, ODFW Access and Habitat Coordinator. “It can have significant long-term impacts on our wildlife populations.”

According to ODFW, if your tip leads to the arrest of a poacher, here’s the preference point breakdown:

  • Five preference points: cases involving bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and wolves.
  • Four preference points: cases involving elk, deer, pronghorn, mountain lions, and bear.

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All preference points must go to one hunt series (elk, buck deer, antlerless deer, antelope or spring bear).

Because some of the state’s most coveted hunts require over 15 preference points just to draw a tag, this is a pretty interesting incentive to, hopefully, help catch more poachers. According to the agency, this new program is a result of HB 3158, which was passed by the 2017 Oregon Legislature.

“We are hoping this encourages more people to step forward and report poaching,” said Lieutenant Craig Heuberger of OSP’s Fish and Wildlife Division.

To report a wildlife crime, email or call 1-800-452-7888.


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Erik E. - posted 1 year ago on 10-16-2018 03:54:36 pm

i think this is a great idea!! I hope other states will start some incentive program like this if they haven't already

Sean B. - posted 1 year ago on 10-15-2018 07:44:44 am

Anything to help stop the poaching is a good idea. Preference points over cash any day, but I agree with Jacob, a tag for that animal is a stronger reward.

Ty W. - posted 1 year ago on 10-14-2018 09:53:28 pm
Astoria, OR

I wish Oregon would have started this a decade ago. Preference Points are more valuable than the monetary reward. If this doesn’t increase the number of poachers turned in then they may want to start giving tags as a reward. Something has to change because Oregon’s deer and elk hunting isn’t getting any better.

Jacob T. - posted 1 year ago on 10-14-2018 07:52:59 pm
Lehi, UT

If you catch a poacher in Utah they give you the license for species of the poached animal. Utah>0regon