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Alleged poacher, an ex-NFL player, hasn't been charged

About a month ago, a Riddle man was arrested for poaching a trophy buck in Ashland. What’s the status of the case? Also, does he have any record of poaching offenses?

— Ben B., Ashland

The District Attorney’s office has not yet charged Dustin “Dusty” Scott McGrorty, 38, of Riddle, in the alleged Oct. 16 taking of a “4x4” trophy-class buck within Ashland city limits, Jackson County Circuit Court records show.

For those just tuning in, Oregon State Police said they arrested McGrorty in October on a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon, misdemeanor trespassing and prohibited hunting after a witness reported a man loading the deer into a pickup bed in the 600 block of Thornton Way.

The bullet allegedly hit a home near its front door after passing through the animal, OSP's October press release said.

When questioned by police, McGrorty allegedly admitted to shooting the buck from the seat of his truck while the animal was sleeping under a large bush near a house, then later dumping the buck and the weapon on the side of the Tiller-Trail Highway, an Oregon State Police news release said.

Court records show no prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Oregon for McGrorty.

A search through Mail Tribune and Ashland Tidings archives, however, showed that McGrorty is a Southern Oregon University football hall-of-famer who had a brief career in the NFL.

According to a Daily Astorian report, McGrorty signed a one-year, $230,000 contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2004.

McGrorty was released by the Rams shortly before the start of the regular 2004 season, but was signed to the practice squad a day later, according to a Tidings interview in 2009. He was activated for one regular season game, Oct. 24, 2004, in Miami.

He came back the following preseason and saw action as a tailback in a preseason game at Detroit, according to the Tidings story. McGrorty also played the following week against Kansas City, but that was his final game.

The Tidings story said McGrorty had an outdoor recreation business called D-Mac Outfitters.

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Former SOU running back Dusty McGrorty trains in 2009. Mail Tribune / Ashland Tidings file{ } photo.