2 lose hunting privileges after poaching elk

They must pay $7,500 in restitution to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Jerry Alpin, left, and Justin Alpin with the elk they poached in 2014. They were convicted September 30, 2016 (OSP)
Jerry Alpin, left, and Justin Alpin with the elk they poached in 2014. They were convicted September 30, 2016 (OSP)

TERREBONNE, Ore. (AP) – Two men have been convicted and sentenced for elk poaching in central Oregon.

Oregon State Police said in a news release that 43-year-old Justin Aplin and his father, 65-year-old Jerry Aplin, were found guilty by a jury last week for a 2014 poaching near Terrebonne in the Metolius Wildlife Management Unit.

Justin Aplin was convicted of unlawful taking of a trophy buck and borrowing a big game tag. Jerry Aplin was convicted of loaning a big game tag and aiding in a wildlife violation.

They must pay $7,500 in restitution to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the trophy buck. Both had their hunting privileges suspended for three years and will be on probation for a year.

The agency started investigating the men after receiving an anonymous tip.