Oregon wildlife violations include hunting, fishing, and game violations.
With the thousands of Federal and State laws, regulations, and administrative rules governing one of Oregon’s most popular outdoor activities, it is easy to understand how one can find themselves in the middle of an investigation under the Fish and Wildlife Division of the Oregon State Police (OSP) and/or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). According to the Fish and Wildlife Division:
The purpose of the Fish and Wildlife Division is to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance the long term health and equitable utilization of Oregon’s fish and wildlife resources and the habitats upon which they depend.
Under this moto, game officers from ODFW and patrol/troopers from OSP can — and will — go to great lengths to catch Oregon wildlife violations. This commonly includes the use of mechanical decoy deer (aka “Scruffy”) during hunting season or the use of night vision goggles to detect illegal activity after sunset.
Examples of Oregon wildlife violations, include but are not limited to:
- Hunting Without a License
- Unlawful Taking of Wildlife
- Wasting of Wildlife
- Hunting with Artificial Light (aka Spotlighting)
- Hunting from Roadway or Motor Vehicle (aka Road hunting)
- Hunting with Decoys
- Hunting on Enclosed Lands of Another (aka Trespassing)
- Failure to Validate (aka Failure to Tag)
- Fishing Without a License
Whether you hunt for elk in the Ochocos or you fish for steelhead on the Columbia River, if you have been charged with a hunting or fishing offense or any other Oregon wildlife violations, contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.