Father, son accused of poaching

EAGLE POINT, Ore. - An Oregon man and his teen son face accusations they killed at least 6 trophy bucks since the start of the 2011 deer season in violation of state hunting laws.

"This isn’t the first deer poaching case involving multiple trophy class bucks taken in southern Oregon, and sadly it probably won’t be the last," saidTrooper Kirk Meyer.

Oregon State Police Fish & Game troopers and Eagle Point Police arrested Charles Douglas Cochran on  Monday on 18 misdemeanor charges.

Cochran, 38, was jailed in the Jackson County Jail in lieu of $72,000 bail.

Charges are pending for Cochran's 16-year-old son through the county's juvenile justice department, police said.

The arrest came Monday while police executed a search warrant at Cochran's home after a three-week investigation.

Troopers and local police were searching the Clearview Way home when Cochran came home from an apparent trip in the woods wearing full camouflage clothing, police said. He had 3 rifles and hunting gear in his pickup, according to police.

Cochran was taken into custody and lodged in the Jackson County jail on 18 misdemeanor charges including:

  • Taking Deer Closed Season
  • Exceeding the Bag Limit on Deer (3 counts)
  • Unlawful Possession of Deer (11 counts)
  • No Written Record of Transfer of Deer Parts
  • Unlawful Possession of a Fur Bearer

State police said Cochran and his son are accused of taking at least six trophy class buck deer since the opening of the 2011 deer season. Troopers seized 21 sets of deer antlers, fresh and packaged deer meat, 12 fur bearer pelts and other evidence.

Similar charges are pending for the son through the Jackson County juvenile justice department.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division encourages anyone with information on deer poaching or other wildlife-related crimes to call the Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-452-7888.