LA PINE, OR -- A La Pine man faces charges of illegally killing a large number of mule deer bucks last fall. 37-year old Gene Parsons was arrested after Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers in Deschutes and Klamath counties conducted an investigation into possible poaching.
During a search of Parsons' home, numerous large deer antlers, meat, firearms and controlled substances were seized. Another suspect, 44-year old Lance Cournoyer of Grants Pass, also faces charges of unlawful taking of deer. Parsons' parents, Oliver and Suzan parson also face charges of aiding in a game violation, illegal possession of mule deer and tampering with evidence. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.