Cumberland Times-News

December 14, 2013

Outdoor writer investigated in deer hunt incident

Associated Press

— RENO, Nev. (AP) — Humboldt County prosecutors are considering filing misdemeanor criminal charges against a former outdoor writer for the Reno Gazette-Journal accused   of illegally shooting a deer at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.

The newspaper reported that Nevada Department of Wildlife officials have forwarded the case to the district attorney after finding evidence that Scott Oxarart shot a deer from a vehicle, which is illegal in Nevada, and unlawfully possessed a firearm inside a vehicle.

NDOW spokesman Edwin Lyngar says the first crime is punishable by up to $650 in fines and court fees. The other carries a fine of up to $250.

Oxarart detailed his first deer hunt in October in a first-person account the Gazette-Journal published Nov. 14. The Associated Press distributed the story as part of its weekly member exchange package on Nov. 15.

Oxarart indicated in his article that he exited a pickup truck before shooting the deer near the Nevada-Oregon line. He declined to comment.

Neither NDOW nor the Gazette-Journal have released any details about what led to the investigation.

RGJ Media Executive Editor Kelly Ann Scott said that Oxarart no longer works for the newspaper but she couldn’t comment further because it is a personnel matter.

Oxarart had a legal hunting tag, but Scott said portions of his article conflicted with evidence NDOW cited in its investigation.

She said the newspaper takes matters of credibility very seriously and is continuing an internal review of the matter.

She said a correction would be published at some point.

“The story, as published in the Reno Gazette-Journal, does not meet our standards for accuracy and completeness,” she said.