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IA: Man charged with illegal hunting

Feb 8, 2009
Man charged with illegal hunting

A Decorah man who owns the hunting lodge Chase the Adventure faces two criminal charges in Iowa and three criminal charges in Alaska for alleged hunting violations.

Dale Allen Hogenson, 51, could go on trial in Alaska in March and in Cedar Rapids in April.

Hogenson was indicted Tuesday on two charges of selling buck whitetail deer in violation of Iowa law. The charges were issued in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. They alleged that he had one deer taken to Virginia and another to Nebraska in the fall of 2004.

He was released on Wednesday after appearing in federal court in Cedar Rapids. The trial in Cedar Rapids is slated for April 6. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

Hogenson also faces charges in Alaska of guiding hunts without a license, unlawful baiting of big game and transportation or possession of illegally taken game.

The complaint alleges that two undercover officers booked hunts with Hogenson through Chase the Adventure in Decorah. Hogenson took the two to Alaska in August 2005, the complaint says. The undercover officers said Hogenson told them to buy only fishing licenses and that they could buy a bear tag afterward.

The undercover officers say they used fish carcasses as bait. The officers shot a bear that came at the end of the day, attracted by the smell of the fish, according to the complaint.

While the charges in Alaska were filed in May 2006, Hogenson was not arrested until last July, when he returned to Alaska. He posted bond and was allowed to return to Iowa. A spokesman for the Alaska Attorney Generalís Office said Hogensonís trial in Alaska could begin as soon as March.

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