Buck, doe deer shot, left to waste in Hood River County

Dead Buck Deer Hood River County

(Warning: Images of the two dead deer are at the bottom of this article. They may be difficult to look at.)

Oregon State Police are asking for help from the public to find whoever shot two deer and left them to waste in Hood River County earlier this month. It’s not far from where another buck was killed in late August.

OSP said a trooper responded to a call on Sept. 3 around 6:20 p.m. about a dead buck that was shot and left on county property near Odell. A second deer, a doe, was also shot and left in the same area.

No meat was salvaged from either deer, OSP said.

Anyone with information is asked to call OSP at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677), or email at TIP@osp.oregon.gov. Reference case number SP23-281043.

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Buck doe deer odell waste poaching
A buck and doe deer found shot and left to waste near Odell, Oregon, Sept. 3, 2023. (Oregon State Police)

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