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A four-month investigation by Oregon State Police troopers into the poaching of trophy class buck deer and other animals has led to charges for four mid-valley residents. 

Four mid-valley residents have been charged in connection with the alleged poaching of several trophy class mule deer bucks in south central Oregon.

Last week the LaPine office of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division completed an investigation that led to the arrest of Scott Allan Harris, 55, of Albany, Jacen Todd Fulfer, 19, of Lebanon, and G.W. Fulfer, 40, and his wife Samantha German-Fulfer, 27, of Salem.

OSP officials said the investigation began when a trooper found a trophy class buck deer that had been shot near Cabin Lake Road in Lake County. The trooper was assisted by OSP Fish and Wildlife aircraft working winter range patrol.

Information led to a search warrant being executed on Jan. 31 at the Fulfer residence in Salem.

Evidence at the residence, along with additional information, led Fish and Wildlife troopers to the Harris home in Albany, where troopers found additional evidence, including several trophy-class antlers.

Fulfer, 19, was contacted at his residence in Lebanon, while officers conducted their investigations in Salem and Albany.

All four suspects were cited into Lake County Circuit Court on a variety of charges ranging from taking/possession of a buck deer, a felony; being a felon in possession of a firearm; waste of game mammal; and hunting a game mammal by a prohibited method.

The investigation produced evidence that both Samantha German-Fulfer and her husband, G.W. Fulfer, committed wildlife crimes in Lake, Jefferson, Benton, Linn, and Marion counties.

In addition to the deer suspected to have been poached by the Fulfers in 2017, evidence at the residence suggested that a wild turkey and pheasant were also harvested illegally. The suspects also were cited in the other counties for felon in possession of a firearm and various wildlife crimes.

Harris was charged in Lake County with two counts of unlawful take/possession of deer closed season, and hunting with aide of artificial light. He also faces charges in Linn County of three counts of unlawful possession of deer.
 
Jacen Fulfer was charged in Lake County with unlawful taking of a buck deer closed season, waste of game mammal, and hunting with artificial light.

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Todd Fulfer faces charges in Lake County of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of unlawful take/possession of deer closed season, waste of game mammal and hunting with the aide of an artificial light. In Jefferson County, he faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm, four counts of unlawful take/possession of deer, waste of game mammal, and hunting with the aide of artificial light. In Benton County he faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm, five counts of unlawful take/possession of deer, hunting elk closed season, unlawful take/possession of turkey closed season, and hunting with artificial light. And in Marion County, he faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of deer and turkey.
 
Samantha Ann German-Fulfer was charged in Lake County with three counts of unlawful take/possession of deer, waste of game mammal, and hunting with artificial light. In Jefferson County she faces charges of three counts of unlawful take/possession of deer, and in Benton County she faces charges of four counts of unlawful take/possession of deer and unlawful take of turkey closed season.

Oregon State Police ofticials encourage anyone with information about poaching activities to contact either the TIP hotline at 800-452-7888, *OSP (*677) or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

The TIP email at TIP@state.or.us is monitored Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person or persons for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

Rewards include: $1,000 bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose; $500 elk, deer and antelope; $300 bear, cougar and wolf; $300 habitat destruction; $100 game fish and shellfish; $100 upland birds and waterfowl; and $100 furbearers.

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Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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