Man who shot elk without tag faces $50,000 fine, lifetime ban

A California man with a history of poaching charges faces a $50,000 fine and a lifetime ban on fishing or hunting in 25 states, including Oregon and California, for illegally killing a large Rocky Mountain bull elk in 2006 near LaGrande, authorities said.

Ronald Ray Jurin, 37, of Redding, pleaded guilty to a felony wildlife charge Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18.

As part of his plea deal accepted in court Monday, Jurin agreed to pay the $50,000 penalty and accept the lifetime fishing and hunting ban in Oregon and 24 other states that honor each other's fishing and hunting suspensions.

Jurin admitted to shooting a branch-antlered bull in the Wenaha Unit without a tag. The unit is one of the toughest draws among eastern Oregon elk hunts, with fewer than 1 percent of applicants drawing tags in Oregon's annual controlled-hunt draw.

The killing violated the federal Lacey Act, a felony, because Jurin killed the bull illegally and took the antlers across state lines to California.

In court, Jurin also admitted to killing three bears illegally without tags and with bait as well as killing a cow elk without a tag and killing a white-tailed deer with an illegal cross-bow and with the air of a spotlight. All the crimes occurred in 2006.

Jurin has previous poaching convictions in 2001 for killing two buck deer out of season in Lake County, court records show.

The 2006 case was investigated by the Oregon State Police and agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

— Mark Freeman

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