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Poachers fined for hunting antlered deer

11/24/2005

Tom McMahon , Staff Writer

WOODBINE - Seven out-of-state poachers racked up nearly 70 violations and more than $45,000 in fines and liquidated damages relating to the illegal hunting of antlered deer with rifles in Harrison County near Woodbine. All had non-resident antlerless archery tags.

The Department of Natural Resources said law enforcement officers charged seven people Saturday evening following a weeklong surveillance. They pleaded guilty to all of the charges and were released after paying more than $8,000 in fines and making restitution of $40,000 in liquidated damages for illegally shooting eight deer, the DNR said. A number of rifles, bows, optic equipment and other hunting-related items were seized.

Conservation Officer Dave Tierney initiated the investigation after he became suspicious of the same out-of-state individuals coming to the county over a number of years with antlerless bow tags.

The hunters, from North Carolina and Georgia, paid fines on charges that included illegally shooting deer, unlawful killing of antlered deer without a license, having a loaded gun in a vehicle, illegal transportation of deer, illegal use of a vehicle for hunting, shooting a rifle from a roadway, wanton waste, illegal use of an artificial light for hunting and shooting after hours.

Also charged on Monday as a result of the investigation was Dennis Snyder, 34, of Woodbine, for two counts of aiding and abetting illegal activity for allegedly selling two landowner deer tags to the group.

The investigation is continuing and the DNR said it expects additional charges to be filed.

Iowa DNR officers were assisted in the investigation by agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an officer from the DeSoto National Refuge, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Woodbine Police Department, an agent from the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Iowa State Patrol.

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