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St. Helens man sentenced in poaching case

Hunting privileges suspended, fines issued in October case

A St. Helens man was sentenced on two charges related to an elk poaching case in Starkey, Oregon, that resulted in a hunting suspension, community service, probation and other fines.

Darren Naillon, 43, plead guilty to charges of aiding in a game violation and waste of a game animal in March, following charges filed against him in October. He was sentenced to a three-year hunting suspension, a three-year bench probation, 30 hours community service and $16,588 in fines and restitution, a press release from the Oregon State Police stated.

The charges and sentencing follows an investigation completed by the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife of suspicious activity in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit. It was discovered that Naillon and a 15 year-old St. Helens juvenile, had killed two branch antler bull elk there, but only had a tag to kill one.

The hunters had also not properly field dressed the animals, taking only meat from the hindquarters and back-strap of the elks, leaving roughly half of the meat on the animals whose bodies were left in the wood. They hunters also took the antlers of the larger elk.

The hunter's rifles, backpacks, salvaged meat and the antlers were seized at the time of the incident.