PENDLETON, Oregon — Two Eastern Oregon men have been indicted for the unlawful taking of big game animals.
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers began investigating 28-year-old Walker Erickson of Pendleton and 23-year-old Hunter Wagner of Pilot Rock in 2020.
Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command received information about people unlawfully taking big game. They gathered evidence, which led them to serve a search warrant at a Pendleton home in December 2021.
The troopers found and seized six sets of deer antlers, three sets of elk antlers, a rifle, a bow and meat.
In October of this year, Walker Erickson was indicted on the following:
- Three counts of Unlawful Take of a Cow Elk
- Four counts of Unlawful Take of a Whitetail Buck
- Two counts of Unlawful Take of a Mule Deer Buck
- Four counts of Unlawful Take of Bull Elk
- Three counts of Waste of Game
- One count of Unlawful Possession of Big Game
- One count of Hunting While Criminally Trespassing
- One count of Hunting on Another’s Cultivated or Enclosed Land
- One count of Hunting from a Motor Vehicle
- Two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence
Hunter Wagner was indicted on seven counts of Counseling, Aiding, or Assisting in Another’s Unlawful Take of a Big Game Animal
The Oregon State Police say the case is being prosecuted by the Anti-Poaching Prosecutor with the Department of Justice in coordination with the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office.
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