Pair of Deer Illegally Shot Now Recovering After Arrows Removed

The Oregon State Police is investigating incidents in which deer have been illegally shot with arrows. Two deer were captured and the arrows successfully removed. (Photos: OSP)

Two deer, illegally shot with arrows in the Shady Cove area, were successfully tranquilized yesterday and the arrows removed.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists and Oregon State Police fish and wildlife officers worked together to track and tranquilize the deer, remove the arrows and treat the wounds. The deer, an adult doe and a yearling doe, were successfully released in good health with no visible infection.

ODFW wildlife biologists work to remove arrows shot illegally through two deer in Shady Cove.

“Pictures of these deer stuck with arrows have been circulating widely in the media and social media, and understandably, it’s upsetting to see. We are happy to say the arrows were removed and these deer have a very good chance of survival,” said Steve Niemela, Rogue District wildlife biologist.

Last week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State police began receiving calls from landowners in Shady Cove who saw these deer on their properties. Niemela said this is the second time in two years deer were illegally shot with arrows.

“This is not ethical hunting, it’s a twisted act of poaching,” said Zach Lycett, board member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunter’s Association. “True ethical hunters respect the animals they hunt and are grateful for the opportunities to hunt. We do not stand for these kinds of criminal acts.”

OSP Sergeant Jim Collom said OSP is investigating and encourages anyone with information to call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888.

The Rogue Valley OHA contributed $1,500, Ashland Archers contributed $100 and Dewclaw Archery contributed $500 to add on to the Oregon Hunter’s Association’s standard $500 reward for information leading to an arrest or citation of the person(s) responsible. The total reward now is $2,600.


  1. I hope when the archers are found the state hangs them. How twisted and deranged must a person be to do something like this? We need stronger animal abuse, animal neglect and poaching laws immediately along with a few more game wardens to enforce them and judges to hand out maximum punishments. The person that shot these deer will likely someday turn on our kids.


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