IA: Nonresident hunters claiming to be residents
October 13, 2010
Nonresident hunters claiming to be residents
Iowa is known for its fantastic deer hunting, and that's causing some
problems for our neighbors to the south. Seems it's attracting nonresidents
who claim to be residents so they can get hunting licenses and deer tags.
Unlike Minnesota, Iowa restricts the number of nonresident deer licenses it
Each year, Minnesota DNR officials catch nonresidents claiming they are
residents, said Rod Smith, DNR enforcement operations manager. "You can only
be a resident of one state,'' he said. Money is a factor: A nonresident
Minnesota deer license is $140 compared to $26 for a resident. Nonresidents
with land or cabins here will sometimes try to apply for licenses as
residents, he said.
That's what happened in Iowa recently. Here's the Iowa DNR news release:
DES MOINES - Recent charges filed against three Louisiana men in
southeast Iowa underscore a growing problem during deer season -
falsification of records in order to obtain illegal resident hunting
licenses and deer tags.
"Iowa only offers 6,000 nonresident deer licenses and the waiting period
can be up to three years to get one," said DNR Conservation Officer Joe
But as Iowa's reputation for being one of the best places to hunt
trophy-sized whitetail deer grows, so does the temptation for nonresidents
to hunt in the state illegally rather than wait.
Fourdyce said Iowa's conservation officers are seeing a growing and
disturbing trend of nonresidents purchasing land, sometimes even a house and
trying to claim their residency is in Iowa, including getting an Iowa
"Whenever a person falsely claims residency here and obtains an Iowa
drivers license it is a felony. You are required by the DOT to swear and
affirm everything on your driver's license application is true and accurate
under penalty of perjury and when folks do that, they commit felony perjury.
It is a very serious deal," said Fourdyce.
"And it is all to kill an animal with some antlers," Fourdyce added. "I
believe hunters need to put it into perspective. All of the officers here in
Iowa are seeing more and more of this."
Fourdyce filed multiple charges in late August against Jamie Vance
Rogers, 37, of Angie, La., who allegedly purchased land and rented a house
in Lee County in order to claim Iowa residency even though he allegedly has
not stayed there. Since October of 2008, Rogers has allegedly harvested
three turkeys and four deer, including at least one deer that would qualify
as a trophy-sized buck.
Rogers faces two felonies for perjury and theft by deception, and a pile
of misdemeanors and could see fines and damages totaling more than $66,000.
Two other Louisiana men also face multiple charges.
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