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Wilton man's hunting trips could rack up $6,700 worth of fines

By Stephen Byrd of the Muscatine Journal

WILTON, Iowa - A Wilton man faces more than $6,700 in fines and civil penalties after being charged with eight hunting and license violations covering two states and two Iowa counties Saturday.

According to a press release issued Monday by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Tyler J. Babb, 21, 1607 Cedar/Muscatine Road, was charged by the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources for hunting violations.

After Babb was initially charged with a waterfowl hunting violation Sept. 11, during the opening weekend of the early Iowa Canada goose hunting season, DNR officials discovered that he had allegedly bought resident hunting licenses in Iowa and Wisconsin in 2004.

Iowa residency laws prohibit anyone from purchasing or applying for any resident hunting license if that person has claimed residency in another state.

Babb was charged with unlawfully taking a Canada goose on Sept. 10 and an Iowa conservation officer seized a buck deer rack from Babb on Sept. 11.

Babb faces five additional charges in Muscatine County for dual-residency violations of various hunting and deer license privileges purchased in 2004 and 2005.

He is also charged in Cedar County for unlawfully taking a buck deer during the bow season in November 2004 and for unlawfully taking a doe deer during the second gun deer season in December 2004.

Babb is scheduled to appear at the Cedar County Courthouse on Thursday, Oct. 13 and at the Muscatine County Courthouse Monday, Oct. 17.

Contact Stephen Byrd at:563-263-2331 Ext. 320 or stephen.byrd@muscatinejournal.com 

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