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Man charged with poaching trophy buck in Ashland

A Riddle man has been charged with a series of wildlife violations for killing a trophy buck deer inside Ashland city limits.

Dustin McGrorty, 38, was charged with hunting within city limits, unlawful take/possession of a buck deer, unlawful use of a weapon, and criminal trespass II, according to a news release from Oregon State Police.

According to OSP, troopers responded Oct. 16 after an Ashland resident in the 600 block of Thornton Way reported seeing a man loading a deer into a pickup while parked on a city street. The resident gave police the truck’s license plate number.

An OSP trooper reportedly found a blood trail leading from a bush up against a neighboring house to a row of hedges along the street, showing the deer had been shot while bedded down next to a house. OSP said the bullet that killed the buck exited the animal and struck the house above the front door.

OSP said McGrorty admitted to shooting the buck from inside his vehicle as the deer laid under the bush, and later dumping the buck and rifle on the Tiller/Trail Highway.

The trooper reportedly recovered the rifle and the deer, which was found to be a trophy class 4x4 buck.

The meat was salvaged and donated to a local charity, OSP said.

A second adult male, who police did not identify, was charged with aiding in a wildlife offense and criminal trespass II, OSP said.

In addition to the charges filed against him, McGrorty received a warning for hunting on a public roadway and failure to validate a tag.

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