The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of a bull elk in Harney County.

On the morning of September 23rd, 2017, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers were notified of a dead bull elk on the Silvies Valley Ranch property. The deceased bull elk was discovered by a ranch employee near the southwest corner of the ranch, near Buffalo Reservoir. An OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper responded to the Silvies Valley Ranch and discovered the bull appeared to have been shot with a high powered rifle during archery season. The bull was left to waste and was possibly shot one or two days prior to being discovered.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact F&W Trooper Dean Trent through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-589-2547.

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who “work” the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.


  • Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
  • Elk, deer, antelope $500
  • Bear, cougar, wolf $300
  • Habitat destruction $300
  • Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
  • Game fish, shell fish $100
  • Upland birds, waterfowl $100
  • Furbearers $100

Additionally a reward of up to $5000 is being offered by the Silvies Valley Ranch for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.