Local man sentenced for poaching trophy bighorn

A Sweet Home-area man was sentenced April 7 following a conviction related to an investigation by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division troopers into the poaching and possession of a trophy bighorn sheep.

Enoch Ray Robertson, 30, was sentenced in Linn County Circuit Court on five counts of wildlife crimes. Sentencing included fines and restitution of $16,910, a lifetime hunting suspension, 40 months bench probation, six days in jail, and 10 days of compensatory service.

The court also ordered the seizure of all property obtained during execution of a search warrant at Robertson’s Sweet Home residence, including the bighorn sheep, two rifles, antlers and meat.

The trophy-sized bighorn sheep was thought to be approximately 7 years old, had a gross score of over 173 Boone and Crocket points, and is believed to have been taken illegally in May 2010 near Richland. The investigation also revealed two blacktail deer killed out of season in the spring of 2010, and a cougar killed without a cougar tag during the fall of 2009.