OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers investigated poaching case and charged two suspects with the crimes- Douglas County

On August 30, 2021, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers from Roseburg began an investigation from information obtained from an area resident into the potential unlawful take of a trophy class bull elk in the Glendale in Douglas County.  By September 6, 2021, two suspects were identified, interviewed, and charged with the crimes.  

The main suspect, Jeremy Pritchard (39) of Dillard, confessed to shooting the bull elk with a rifle on August 30, 2021, during the general archery season in the Powers Hunt Unit.   Additionally, the suspect used his general archery season Tioga Hunt Unit archery tag to tag the bull a day later after taking it with his rifle.  The suspect was cited and released for Hunting a Game Mammal Prohibited Method, Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Area, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Fail to Immediately Validate a Big Game Tag, and Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal.  The suspect’s accomplice, Dean Hickok (62) of Glendale in Douglas County, confessed to knowingly aiding the suspect in the processing and transporting of the illegally taken trophy bull elk.  He was cited and released for Aiding in a Game Violation.  

The elk antlers, game meat, and rifle were seized as evidence.

Don’t forget to contact your Oregon State Police F&W Troopers should you need assistance or should you observe any unlawful activity. The Oregon State Police “TIP” line is monitored twenty-four hours a day with reported F&W violation information forwarded directly to F&W Troopers via the Oregon State Police Dispatch Centers. We’re here to help and only a phone call away. Good luck on your hunts and we’ll see you in the field! 

Anyone with information regarding a Fish or Wildlife violation is urged to contact the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

The TIP program offers preference point or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

Preference Point Rewards:                                 

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep                                

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Cash Rewards:

* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish