An Oregon judge has figured out how to keep two convicted deer poachers out of the woods. For the next four years, 60-year-old Rory Donoho and his son — 37-year-old Shane Donoho — will spend the deer season in jail. They’ll also have to pay $62,000 in restistution to the state, and will be barred from hunting for life.
If the sentences seem harsh, consider that the two pleaded guilty to more than 130 poaching-related charges. Between them, they admitted to killing more than 300 deer during the past five years.
Their four annual 90-day sentences will begin Oct. 1, the first day of Oregon’s deer season. For a poacher, spending deer season in jail has to be the very definition of hard time. Kudos to the judge for handing down such a clever and creative sentence.
The full story is here, in the Eugene Register-Guard.
Hat tip: J.R. Absher in The Outdoor Pressroom.