Blacktail Deer Poachers Fined $23K

Two convicted poachers in Oregon were given strict sentences, including more than $23,000 in fines, in a case involving illegally killed blacktail deer.

Oregon officers seized multiple trophy class blacktailed deer taxidermy mounts as part of the investigation. (Photo courtesy Oregon State Police)

The Oregon State Police said in a news release Brandon J. Yamanaka, 30, of Toledo, pleaded guilty, and Christopher J. Martin, 33, of Albany, pleaded no contest April 11 to Class A misdemeanor poaching as part of a plea bargain in a Benton County, Ore., court. Many other wildlife violations were dismissed as part of the plea deal, the state police said.

According to the state police news release:

The charges stemmed from an investigation which resulted in the service of several search warrants by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team. As a result of the investigation multiple trophy class black tailed deer taxidermy mounts, turkey parts, bows and a shotgun were seized. The subjects had taken animals closed season and had been involved in taking multiple animals a season without the proper or sufficient number of tags. Yamanaka had a previous wildlife offense conviction.

Both men were sentenced to two years bench probation, 80 hours of community service, forfeiture of wildlife and weapons seized in the investigation, and five-year suspensions of hunting privileges.

Brandon J. Yamanaka (left) and Christopher J. Martin. (Photo courtesy Oregon State Police)

Yamanaka also must pay $15,650 in fines, fees and restitution; Martin must pay $8,150.

Get involved

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, fur-bearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.


  • Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
  • Elk, deer, antelope $500
  • Bear, cougar, wolf $300
  • Habitat destruction $300
  • Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
  • Game fish, shell fish $100
  • Upland birds, waterfowl $100
  • Fur-bearers $100

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