Inyo man arrested for alleged deer poaching

– CDFW press release

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers arrested a poacher last week in Inyo County for allegedly illegally killing a trophy 3×3 deer in the G-3 zone. Joseph Eugene Bragdon, 37, of Bishop was taken into custody without incident at his workplace after a $15,000 arrest warrant was issued by the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office.

Tracking dog Sieger

Tracking dog Sieger

“We are grateful to the Inyo County DA’s Office for recognizing the importance of resource protection and that wildlife poaching is a serious crime,” said Lt. Bill Dailey of CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division. “Ethical hunters prize the G-3 tag for the incredible landscape and quantity of large deer. With only 35 tags issued every year, hunters can apply for years and never draw this zone.”

CDFW wildlife officers received a tip, through the CalTIP hotline, that on Nov. 1 Bragdon took his juvenile son to Division Creek in the trophy G-3 hunting zone and killed a large mule deer buck using a D-7 deer zone tag. With the assistance of the investigating warden’s tracking dog, Sieger, they located a dead deer with only the antlers and part of the edible meat removed. Most of the animal was left to waste.

Poaching a deer, cutting the head off and wasting edible meat is illegal and an egregious violation of ethical hunting standards. Wildlife officers took DNA samples and seized ballistic evidence.

The G-3 deer season runs only from Dec. 6-21. This area is considered a trophy deer hunt when high country mule deer bucks enter the area to escape the high country winter storms.

In November 2012, Bragdon was convicted of two misdemeanor hunting violations in Nevada, including hunting big game in a closed season and hunting big game without a tag. He was fined and had demerit points added to his Nevada hunting license.

Bragdon faces possible charges for several violations of the Fish and Game Code, including taking a deer without a license, tag or permit, failure to fill out tags, waste of game, failure to have a tag in possession and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. If convicted, Bragdon could face revocation of his hunting license, fines, probation and/or jail time.

CalTIP (Californians Turn In Poachers and Polluters) is a confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide CDFW with factual information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters. Ethical hunters and anglers are the most common contributors to the CalTIP hotline. The toll-free hotline number is (888) 334-2258.

Tracking dog Sieger is a candidate for the next cycle of certification training for CDFW’s exceptional team of Warden K-9s.

 

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Deerr hunter2
Deerr hunter2
7 years ago

Amen!! Local deerr hunter .Yes what u have heard about joe is correct. All of us legit , and law respecting hunters take much a fence to people who do nothing but cheat. Us long time locals we had to hear about such actions . When u think of cheating… Read more »

BIG Rick O'Brien
BIG Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

Wayne…buddy, it would be one helluva boring life if we all thought alike and everyone agreed all the time . We NEED different perspectives just to keep it interesting. Imagine how mundane this thread would be if the likes of you, me, Trouble, Up the creek, Desco, Roy, Mongo, and… Read more »

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

McMan told me Wayne’s not a quitter

DESCO
DESCO
7 years ago

Wayne, a prayer.

“Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder
and Your hand over my mouth!”

You don’t need to be so vociferous. Stick around, there are FAR bigger *#*holes than you out there.

Don't leave Wayne!
Don't leave Wayne!
7 years ago

Wayne, please don’t let the mean comments get you down. There are a lot of people who agree with you and appreciate your willingness to share your opinion. Your courage is commendable.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago

Ya know,after reading some of the posts here,I’m thinking just maybe Ashlee Alex (Palsrok) might be right in saying how this story of a poacher got side-tracked,and possibly might be me that caused a lot of it…so,for that, and what it’s worth,want to apologize,and not just with this story,but with… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Confession starts a 8:00am Wayne!

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Give me a break. This guy had a license and all the other stuff he needed to legally kill a deer. He shot it across some invisabale line that some one says he crossed. Now people are talking about how he should be locked up and condemned for life. Even… Read more »

Joe
Joe
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

One more time, coach “Trouble”, he can play with his kids all he wants but other parents should have a say if they don’t want some dude found to be carrying weed and poaching wildlife to be a mentor/coach of their kids. I looked up to my coaches as a… Read more »

Wayne
Wayne
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

When I started hunting we could get two tags per hunter and hunt anywhere in the state (well, maybe anywhere, never wanted to go south of Kennedy Meadows, did go hunt the famous Modoc herd and Roosevelt Elk by My Shasta- did not get an Elk). Then statewide and also… Read more »

MJA
MJA
7 years ago

Not to beat a dead deer or bear to death, cause they’re already dead, but killing animals is ethical? Population control? There are so many deer and bears that if we don’t kill them they will take over the planet and what, kill us? Well I better get a gun!… Read more »

Joe
Joe
7 years ago
Reply to  MJA

MJA- I took up hunting relatively late in life after friends gave me some elk meat. I realized this meat was leaner and thus healthier for me and I know the animal was not fed steroids or a grain diet. I haven’t bought a piece of plastic wrapped mystery meat… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Joe: I completely agree with the idea you expressed. The problem is that there are way too many people. If everybody hunted their meat, there wouldn’t be any meat left after one season.

Unless they eat the other people that the stupid people would kill — themselves included.

Joe
Joe
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken, Yes logistically we all can’t hunt however my point to MJA is those that choose to hunt are not “wrong”.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken, I found there’s not enough meat on the vegetarians!

Ashlee Alex (Palsrok)
Ashlee Alex (Palsrok)
7 years ago

I am very bothered by many things in this story. People like Mr. Bragdon give ethical hunters a bad name! Hunting is an important natural part of our ecosystem and when done ethically, helps control animal populations and feeds many families. I am also terribly saddened that the Bragdon’s children… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

John, I don’t think there is anything wrong with him helping out with his own kids activities. It might do them all some good! Do your kids know about all your past mistakes?

John Barton
John Barton
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

You’ve turned my point around into something irrelevant. There’s a difference between a guy who might have a speeding ticket on his record versus this tool with possible felonies and blatant disregard for ethics and the law. He can certainly and should be spending time with HIS kids, not mine.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago

Mother in jail, possibly father too. What happens to their son? I have nothing for either parent at this point buy my heart aches for their child who will now suffer from the sins of adults. That is worse than anything either parent did to land them in the criminal… Read more »

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

Relax folks
Mom is in for 90 days. Dad will probably lose his license to hunt and some steep fines. It’s not the end of the world!

John Barton
John Barton
7 years ago

There are at least two juvenile boys involved. I hope they grow up to see the pitfalls of breaking the law and being unethical. On another note, the dad is out and about in the community. I just saw him helping as an assistant coach at one of his son’s… Read more »

BobK
BobK
7 years ago

Don’t sweat it Joel. Wayne doesn’t need facts…. Mr. National Enquirer strikes again…

Russ Monroe
Russ Monroe
7 years ago

Across the line Wayne!
Are you trying for a conviction for slander, defamation, or just fraud?

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Russ Monroe

Russ Monroe….When I found out what happened here,I was able to get some info on this incident from people LIVING on Alabama Drive,not the person that initially told me about it.

Russ Monroe
Russ Monroe
7 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

NO Wayne!!! You collected rumors and published them as fact! Your rumors are just that; unsubstantiated BS! If you actually had investigated: you would have found that there are dozens of domestic animals within a hundred yard radius of the spot where the bear was dropped. Any, or all of… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Russ Monroe

Rumors discussed in an internet forum? Say it isn’t so!

Reality Check
Reality Check
7 years ago

Good one Charles!!! LOL

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago

Mr.Whitney….Then you got a lot of liars for neighbors…and I ain’t an anti-hunter…Last time I went HUNTING included a 6 mile walk,with no success…but how HUNTING should be,a give-and-take….not just a kill and take….sometimes that tag just doesn’t get filled and sent off when you HUNT in the forest….the way… Read more »

Joel Whitney
Joel Whitney
7 years ago

To the sadly misinformed person who commented on the killing of the black bear in the Alabama Hills. Get your facts straight before you start blubbering about things. It’s very obvious you are an anti-hunter, but I give you that right and also tell you that people have the right… Read more »

Wondering
Wondering
7 years ago

Relax @ickity, karma hopefully does catch up with “some of us”…Have a great night.

Ickity
Ickity
7 years ago

Again-this town is toxic. I too was born and raised here, my name has not been in the paper either, but that does not mean that I need to throw salt on an open wound. Small minds think alike. Enjoy your bashing, karma will catch up with you some day.

MJA
MJA
7 years ago

Up to 57 thumbs down, a new record! Had no idea how much people liked killing deer. And I am sure these love to kill deer people still kill trees for Jesus. Jesus! So far to go… =

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  MJA

MJA…..It’s not that people like killing deer….I think it’s more HOW you said it…kinda like what happened in Lone Pine recently….LOTS of people in town and ones living in the Alabama Hills are up in arms about the “local black bear” that’s been walking down Alabama Drive late night for… Read more »

Grant Whitney
Grant Whitney
7 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Get a dictionary. Hunting and poaching are different things. one is good and provides food and can be used to thin oversized animal populations and is even controlled by the state government and the other is poaching. poaching bad. Now to you, ignorant lobotomite, if you are going to accuse… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Grant Whitney

Grant Whitney….Thing is,I do know some of “your neighbors”…and as far as “asking face to face”,that’s something we can do,as long as the bear comes back to life and learns how to talk.Your saying you don’t know me,and yet you described my truck to a tee…and yes,I do eat at… Read more »

Grant Whitney
Grant Whitney
7 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

My point exactly, internet speculation about someone you don’t know can be stupid and wrong hm? Funny too a CONVERSATION is when a man talks face to face with someone not hides over the internet so did a conversation even start lobotomite? Next time try the real conversation approach before… Read more »

seriously?
seriously?
7 years ago

Really? There’s really someone out there trying to justify actions by this criminal family? First of all, she’s in jail for 6 months and not 8 years because she plead guilty avoiding a trial which usually lessens the punishment a jury conviction would produce. Secondly you are worried about their… Read more »

Wondering
Wondering
7 years ago
Reply to  seriously?

AMEN @seriously!

Wondering
Wondering
7 years ago

@Ickity, I hate to disagree with you, but I really don’t think it’s “this area”, I think everywhere you go, if you break the law, it’s put out there….it’s news. If they don’t want to have their “family ripped apart” don’t do something illegal. Especially with your kid with you…… Read more »

Ickity
Ickity
7 years ago

People in this area love to kick people when they are down. I agree if he did as it was presented he needs to pay the price, but seriously, leave the kids out of this. As for his wife, I recommend that you understand what truly happened and why she… Read more »

Local deer hunter
Local deer hunter
7 years ago
Reply to  Ickity

If I did what they have done I would deserve what they are getting. They drug there kids in to this not everyone eles. Everyone feels bad for those kids.

Really
Really
7 years ago

Huntinng , Poaching, War, it’s all killing !

H
H
7 years ago

His second offense in for poaching. Life time ban fir hunting is what he deserves.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  H

H, I half agree with you, but I’m pretty sure he is already paying a heavy price for what he did. Life is a long time. Hell their talking about lettings that worm that killed Lennon out. Plus this artical does state he is a father.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  H

Am I the only one that thinks it’s wrong to charge a guy with hunting without a license , when they state he had a license? Why not just charge him with pissing every one off?

MJA
MJA
7 years ago

The California Department of fish and Wildlife allow people to apply for a tag to kill a deer, yet people are not allowed to kill a deer? Why do they allow people to kill deer anyway? Why do people kill? Are there to many deer? Are the deer destroying the… Read more »

Backstrap
Backstrap
7 years ago
Reply to  MJA

Deer are pretty tasty.

Mr. NRA
Mr. NRA
7 years ago
Reply to  MJA

MJA, Minds are like Parachutes they only work when open. Go try some Venison, it’s really good… It’s way better for you than beef and way more organic than the crap beef you get the grocery store. Also your advocating violence on humans really sad…….. Your a war monger in… Read more »

Local deer hunter
Local deer hunter
7 years ago
Reply to  MJA

Sure is funny how you can’t understand how some one can kill a deer but you probably eat meat that is wraped at the market it was alive at one point. Some people hunt for the horns like Joe did and waste the deer so he can go to his… Read more »

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
7 years ago
Reply to  MJA

Hi MJ, I’m not a hunter, I blame Walt Disney for that! I think I saw Bambi before I ever saw a live deer. But I understand the need to have managed hunting of certain species. Because we limit the predator population, and because humans throw of the ecosystem just… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago

This repeat offender obviously has no respect for the rule of law. Perhaps a nice long vacation at the Grey Bar Motel is in order.

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Rule of law oh that thing Obama pays no mind too

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

It’s President Obama’s fault this deer was poached !!….and his fault when he walks away with little more than a slap on the wrist !

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Really Mark?

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark ,didn’t Chaney almost blow his buddies head off? Im sure he was licensed properly for that.

local deerr hunter
local deerr hunter
7 years ago

I put in for that tag for 25 years and never dew it. This guy not only poached it in g3 he took his son to show him how to poach. From what I have heard this guy has been doing this for years I’m so glad they finally caught… Read more »

DESCO
DESCO
7 years ago

SCUMBAG.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

I’m confused, this article says he was hunting with a license for another area, but shot this deer in another. But he is charged with having no license at all . Doesn’t sound correct to me?

Bambi
Bambi
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

If you don’t have the correct tag for the area you’re hunting in you are poaching.

AK
AK
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble, you need to read more carefully, the article says “taking a deer without license, tag, or permit”.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Wow, i’m getting shot down for asking a question. Oh well!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago

Now let’s see how the court system is gonna handle this one….a slap on the wrist,like it seems to happen most of the time when it comes to poaching…..or real punishment this time around.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

Jail-time…jail-time…JAIL-TIME ! Plus, a life-time ban on hunting, ANYWHERE ! Not to mention involving his juvenile son…and having weed on him ,while HUNTING ? what a TOOL !

Mammothite
Mammothite
7 years ago

Does Joseph get to share a cell with his wife Rebecca who is doing time in the Inyo County Jail for embezzlement from the Fairgrounds? Inyo County two for one deal?

Great job by DFG and the pooch.

Mr. NRA
Mr. NRA
7 years ago

All the fines and then some should be thrown at this piece of crap not to mention I believe they should take his rifles from him as well. Wasting an animal like that gives hunters a bad name. With all the fraud and poaching Rebecca (Re:The Fairgrounds) and Joe have… Read more »