Man cited for poaching says it's difficult to know where border is while hunting
A Cove man says the hunting grounds where he was cited by Idaho Fish and Game officials for poaching is unmarked.
Thomas Rager of Cove was issued two citations on Sept. 28, the Idaho Statesman reported. Four other Oregonians were cited in what Idaho officials are calling Operation Border Jumper.
"It's right on the border," Rager, 66, said of the land the group was on. The hunter said there's only one way to get into Oregon territory from there — on an old road.
"I was up on a ridge walking perpendicular to that road heading to what I assumed was Oregon," Rager said. "There's no survey markers or anything."
He said he heard gunshots and came out to check them out and was greeted by Fish and Game officials, who issued a total of nine citations to the hunters.
The deer decoy was placed in the Succor Creek area of Idaho in the early morning hours of Sept. 28 by Fish and Game officials who then waited for hunters. The shots Rager heard were likely shots from his party headed for the decoy. Six shots were fired at the decoy deer, prompting Fish and Game officials to interview the party and issue citations, according to the Statesman.
Rager was cited for hunting without a valid Idaho license and for possession and transportation of a deer taken during a close hunting season.
Rager said the second citation was for "helping a kid pull a buck."
Martine Mills, 47, of Cove, was cited for attempting to take a deer during closed season, attempting to take simulated wildlife, possession and transportation of a deer taken during a closed hunting season, hunting without a valid Idaho hunting license and hunting without a valid Idaho deer tag, the Statesman reported. Justin Cernazanu, 29, of Cove, was cited for possession and transportation of a deer taken during a closed hunting season, and Eugene Mills, 69, of Nyssa, was cited for hunting without a valid hunting license.
In a separate incident on Sept. 29, Fish and Game officials cited James Hayhurst, 65, of Jordan Valley, was cited for hunting without a valid Idaho hunting license, hunting without a valid Idaho deer tag, attempting to take simulated wildlife and attempting to take a deer during closed season.
Deer season did not open in Idaho until Oct. 10, according to the Fish and Game website. Rifle deer hunting in Oregon opened Sept. 28, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website.