"Scruffy" Deer Decoy Nabs Roadkill Poacher

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"Scruffy" Deer Decoy Nabs Roadkill Poacher

Postby Ben Sobieck » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:50 am

Source: Oregon Mail Tribune

Police say a Wasco County man tried to reap his own personal bumper crop of mule deer, but instead ended up sowing the latest set of misdemeanor charges for targeting a decoy deer.

Brian LaFaver allegedly rammed "Scruffy," Oregon State Police's decoy deer, with his pickup off a Forest Service road during a Wildlife Enforcement Decoy operation Dec. 7 in southern Wasco County.

The impact sent the decoy flying 12 feet, severely damaging the decoy named for its bullet-tattered hide from past poaching cases, police said.

LaFaver, 34, of Tygh Valley, was cited on charges of unlawful take of a deer in closed season and second-degree criminal mischief for damaging the decoy, police said.

LaFaver, who had his wife and two small children in the pickup, also was cited for driving without a valid operator's license.

Investigators believe it was the second time someone has tried to turn Scruffy into roadkill, but ended up in court.

"I think we charged the guy with criminal mischief in that one, too," says Lt. David Cleary, who supervises wildlife enforcement for OSP's Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division.

"It's not real common, that's for sure," Cleary says.

Troopers were in the Rock Creek/Wamic area of the northeast Oregon county on Dec. 7 after several large bucks had been poached there recently, with only their heads or antlers removed and the carcasses left to rot, OSP said.

The decoy was placed about 30 feet off a Forest Service roadway in a clearing that included some trees, police said.

LaFaver, who told police he was Christmas tree hunting, allegedly drove the pickup off the road and through a ditch before ramming the decoy, OSP Senior Trooper Swede Pearson says.

"Sitting there watching it, I'm thinking, 'Is he going to do it? I think he is. Yep, there he goes,' " Pearson says.

The impact knocked Scruffy's antlers off and broke two of its legs, Pearson says.

Pearson says LaFaver told him at the scene that he was not trying to hit the decoy. LaFaver claimed he thought it was a real deer and wanted his kids to get a closer look at it, Pearson says.

Reached by telephone at his home, LaFaver said he had no comment this week about the case and hung up.

LaFaver was set to appear Monday in Wasco County Circuit Circuit Court on the misdemeanor charges, records show.

Source: Oregon Mail Tribune

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RE: "Scruffy" Deer Decoy Nabs Roadkill Poacher

Postby ranwin33 » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:52 am

He'll pay his fine and be out doing it again, having learned nothing from it other than to be more careful next time.  Too bad the penalities won't be stiffer, and too bad he's allowed to raise two kids that will in all probability turn out just like him.
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RE: "Scruffy" Deer Decoy Nabs Roadkill Poacher

Postby Patriot » Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:27 am

ORIGINAL: Ben Sobieck

Pearson says LaFaver told him at the scene that he was not trying to hit the decoy. LaFaver claimed he thought it was a real deer and wanted his kids to get a closer look at it, Pearson says.

Source: Oregon Mail Tribune

 
 
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Postby Robert Rowland » Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:12 pm

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He'll pay his fine and be out doing it again, having learned nothing from it other than to be more careful next time.  Too bad the penalities won't be stiffer, and too bad he's allowed to raise two kids that will in all probability turn out just like him.

 
We had a famous poacher/rustler just north of here. The locals took care of him. A few years later his son was behind bars. He's lucky they didn't kill him too.

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RE: "Scruffy" Deer Decoy Nabs Roadkill Poacher

Postby paulie » Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:21 pm

 With his kids in the truck no less!! Now there's a "role model" for ya!  Ya know I've heard of them busting guys for shootin the "decoy's" (several times) before. This is a new one though(for me anyway), it is kinda hard to believe that all he gets is a slap on the wrist!! 

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RE: "Scruffy" Deer Decoy Nabs Roadkill Poacher

Postby Bowtechian » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:01 pm

For me the word "IDIOT" comes to mind. First off, he's out trying to find a pine tree to steal,(hunting for a Christmas tree), then he shows his kids how to get arrested.
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RE: "Scruffy" Deer Decoy Nabs Roadkill Poacher

Postby coach » Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:48 am

This guy is a disgrace for hunters....and for all the fathers.
 
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