Oregon CoA Affirms Illegal Hunting Conviction for Nez Perce Member

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By using State v. Buchanon, 978 P.2d 1070 (Wash. 1999), the Oregon courts held that treaty hunting can only happen on traditional hunting grounds.  The bighorn sheep were taken on land south of the Powder River, which state witnesses testified was the Nez Perce Tribe’s southern border due to historical conflicts with the Northern Paiutes.

Defendant was charged in November 2008 after bringing the sheep to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for tagging so they could be stuffed.

The case is State v. James Bronson, Jr., 586 P.3d 154 (Ore. Ct. of App. 2016).