August 8, 2015


An Enterprise man was sentenced in the Wallowa County Circuit Court after being convicted for taking elk without a valid elk tag and second-degree criminal trespass.

On Sept. 7, Skyler Willis shot a trophy 6-point bull elk with his bow.
Willis did not have a valid tag and was also trespassing on The Nature Conservancy property when he retrieved the elk.

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Troopers from the Enterprise Worksite soon became aware that Willis had unlawfully killed the bull elk and began a three month long investigation into the crime, according to the release.

As a result of an investigation, the elk antlers, meat, and the bow that Willis used to unlawfully kill the elk were seized.

As part of Willis’ sentence, his hunting privileges were suspended for three years; he was placed on 24 months of supervised probation, during which time Willis is prohibited from possessing any firearms as well as archery equipment and is not to accompany anyone who is hunting. Willis also had a one-year suspended jail sentence and received eight days of work crew and seven days of community service. Willis was further ordered to pay $5000 in restitution for the trophy bull elk as well as $200 in fines.


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