A three-week investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers into illegal deer hunting led to the arrest of an Eagle Point man Monday, Feb. 13, while OSP troopers served a search warrant at his home.
According to Sergeant Kirk Meyer, on Feb.13, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers served a search warrant with the assistance of Eagle Point Police Department at a residence in the 500 block of Clearview Way. While officers were searching the residence, the suspect, Charles Douglas Cochran, age 38, came home from an apparent trip in the woods. Cochran was wearing full camouflage clothing and had 3 rifles and hunting gear in his pickup.
Cochran was taken into custody and lodged in the Jackson County jail on 18 misdemeanor charges including:
•Taking Deer Closed Season
•Exceeding the Bag Limit on Deer (3 counts)
•Unlawful Possession of Deer (11 counts)
•No Written Record of Transfer of Deer Parts
•Unlawful Possession of a Fur Bearer
Bail was initially set at $72,000.
Cochran and his 16-year old son allegedly took at least six trophy class buck deer since the opening of the 2011 deer season. Troopers seized 21 sets of deer antlers, fresh and packaged deer meat, twelve fur bearer pelts and other evidence.
Cochran pleaded not guilty.
Similar charges are pending for the son through the Jackson County Juvenile Justice Department.
“This isn’t the first deer poaching case involving multiple trophy class bucks taken in southern Oregon, and sadly it probably won’t be the last,” said Meyer.
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division encourages anyone with information on deer poaching or other wildlife-related crimes to call the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-452-7888.