Two men were arrested and charged this week with killing three trophy mule deer near Silver Lake, according to an Oregon State Police news release.
OSP fish and wildlife division Senior Trooper Darin Bean was patrolling near Silver Lake Saturday when he heard a high-powered gun shot, the release said. Bean located a subject parked along a forest road, who was later identified as Charles Beck, 70, of Ketchikan, Alaska. Beck told Bean he had stopped for a bathroom break.
However, Bean noticed evidence to the contrary, and after a short conversation, the subject admitted to having poached a large buck the previous day. Upon further investigation, Bean located evidence indicating Beck was not alone and convinced the two nearby subjects (a grandfather and his 15-year-old grandson) to come out of the woods. These subjects admitted to having shot at a large buck, but stated they had missed it, the release said.
A follow-up investigation in Bonanza revealed two large bucks had been killed during the previous two days. One buck had been killed near Silver Lake, and the other had been killed near Willow Valley Reservoir. On Sunday, troopers went back to the original location near Thompson Valley Reservoir and found another large buck had been shot and partially cut up. The meat, rifle and three trophy deer heads were seized as evidence.
Vern Sieminski, 53, of Bonanza, was arrested for two counts of taking a buck during closed season, and one count of aiding in a game violation during closed season. Beck, 70, was arrested for one count of taking a buck during closed season and two counts of aiding in a game violation during closed season.
The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be submitted to the Lake and Klamath counties district attorney offices.