IA: Three teens charged in deer-poaching case
Three teens charged in deer-poaching case
November 24, 2010
This just in re: the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fining several
southern Iowa teens for illegally shooting 10 deer. Here's the full release:
THREE CHARGED IN KEOKUK COUNTY DEER POACHING CASE
DES MOINES-An investigation into deer poaching complaints that started
with two separate tips from concerned citizens ended this week with three
southeast Iowa teens facing multiple charges and fines, state natural
resource officials said today.
Daniel Waechter, 16, of Sigourney, and Tyler Denny, 17, of Delta, were
each charged with hunting without a small game hunting license, failure to
have a valid deer hunting license, taking antlered deer with a high-power
rifle and attempting to take deer out of season. Waechter was also charged
with two counts of abandonment of dead or injured wildlife, while Denny was
cited for taking a non-antlered deer with a high-power rifle and abandonment
of dead or injured wildlife. A third individual, Sean Sellers, 18, of
Sigourney, was cited for one count of over limit of whitetail deer.
Reports indicate Denny faces $800 in fines and $6,500 in restitution, and
officers seized a high-power rifle, two deer racks and processed meat.
Waechter faces $800 in fines, $5,000 in restitution and had three deer
racks, a high-power rifle, a muzzleloader and a bow and arrow set
confiscated. Sellers was issued a $195 citation, faces $1,500 in restitution
and had his bow and arrow set seized.
DNR officials will also pursue a three-year suspension of hunting
privileges for all three.
The investigation involves the illegal taking of 10 deer-five bucks and
five does-between the end of October and the middle of November, including
one buck approaching the 150-inch range for antler size. State law allows
for enhanced restitution penalties for bucks illegally taken that are
considered trophy class. Reports indicated some of the deer had their heads
and antlers removed, while some were shot and left untouched. The Reports
indicated the activity occurred in the Sigourney and Delta areas in Keokuk
"We've had a fair amount of poaching complaints generated from residents,
so we'll be focusing quite a bit of our law enforcement efforts in this
area," state conservation officer Wesley Gould said. "This really
underscores how critical tips from the community are in our law enforcement
Anyone observing a fish and wildlife violation, or suspicious activity
associated with fish and wildlife, are encouraged to call the Turn In
Poachers hotline at 1-800-532-2020, or submit reports online at
www.iowadnr.gov by clicking on the TIP button. Callers can also contact
their local conservation officer, whose names and phone numbers are listed
in the current hunting and trapping regulations.
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