La Grande father, son plead guilty to illegal hunting


Both sent to jail, license suspended

Kyle Bowen and Rick Bowen pleaded guilty to illegal hunting, July 1, 2019 (OSP)

LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) — A man and his father have pleaded guilty to illegal hunting in Eastern Oregon.

Oregon State Police say Kyle Bowen pleaded guilty in June to hunting in violation of wildlife laws. He was sentenced to a three-year hunting license suspension, 10 days of jail and 18 months of probation including writing an apology letter to a private landowner.

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in La Grande found that during the 2018 archery elk season Bowen with his father’s help harvested a trophy class bull elk in the Mount Emily wildlife unit without a proper tag.

Richard Bowen pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding in the proceeds of a wildlife violation and was sentenced to a three-year hunting license suspension, 18 months of probation including the apology letter and 8 days of jail.

Both must pay restitution and forfeit equipment used in the illegal take.

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