LA GRANDE — The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help in finding who poached a deer for its antlers in Union County.
An elk hunter on Saturday in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit notified Oregon State Police he found a deer carcass. State police reported Senior Trooper Kris Davis responded to investigate.
Davis found the carcass off the Forest Service 21 Road and 500 and 410 spurs. The location is near Dark Canyon, west of the Spring Creek area off Interstate 84 outside La Grande.
“Only the antlers and skull cap were removed from the deer,” according to state police, “all of the meat was left and was wasted.”
State police also reported the kill probably occurred the evening or night of Thursday, Oct. 27, or the morning of Friday, Oct. 28, when the first season for Rocky Mountain elk was open.
State police urges anyone with information to contact Davis at the La Grande office, 541-805-4757. Tipsters can stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers hotline at 1-800-452-7888.