A John Day man faces a dozen counts of game violations stemming from the shooting of two mule deer bucks at night, with artificial light and without valid tags, police said Tuesday.
Oregon State Police Trooper Marv Ritter reported that Joseph (Joe) Radinovich, 35, was arrested Oct. 24 as part of an ongoing investigation into the poaching case.
A recent search of his residence turned up evidence related to two incidents, including attached antlers and the front half of a deer that had gone to waste, police said.
The OSP investigation found a 3x4 buck had been shot with an arrow, with the aid of an artificial light, about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 6 on fenced private property near the intersection of Highway 26 and La Costa Road in the Murderers Creek hunt unit.
The police log said the shooter had no valid tag, and had used headlights of a vehicle to light the scene.
The second incident, a large buck mule deer was shot with a rifle, also aided with artificial light, about 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 29. That deer was shot on private land near Highway 26 and Luce Creek Road. Police said the shooter, who had no valid tag, tried to retrieve the deer but fled when police arrived to investigate.
Police said the man shot the deer as another person held the spotlight, and then returned with another man to retrieve the deer. However, they fled the scene and left the deer to waste when OSP arrived to investigate a neighbor’s report of a suspicious gunshot.
Radinovich was criminally cited and released on two counts each of taking deer without a valid tag, hunting on the enclosed land of another, waste of a game animal, hunting with an artificial light, hunting during prohibited hours. He also faces one count each of hunting a prohibited area - public road, and illegal possession of a buck deer.
The investigation is continuing.