IA: Two men plead guilty to poaching Iowa deer
Two men plead guilty to poaching Iowa deer
December 17, 2010
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Two men were cited Wednesday for illegally poaching deer in Iowa.
Paul McCulley, 67, of Greenwell Springs, La., and Michael McCulley, 36,
of Brandon, Miss., each pleaded guilty to unlawful taking of deer and to not
having a valid deer tag.
The McCulleys had been hunting during Missouri’s rifle season in November
and did not report their harvest of one buck and two does, as Missouri law
requires. They went home and then returned for Iowa’s first shotgun season.
On Dec. 3, the day before Iowa’s shotgun deer season opened, the
McCulleys shot three does and one buck in Missouri during the antlerless
deer only season, and butchered the deer in a garage in Blanchard, Iowa.
Iowa State Conservation Officer Deb Smith received an anonymous call that
there were does and a buck being butchered in the garage and she contacted
Missouri Conservation Agent Eric Abbott.
While under surveillance, officers witnessed the men butchering
additional bucks in the garage.
Officers made contact with the McCulleys on Wednesday while they were in
the field east of Clarinda and brought them back to the residence near
Blanchard. Consent was given by the owner of the garage and the owner of the
residence for officers to search.
Officials seized three deer racks, three large coolers packed with the
meat of seven deer, two shotguns and used Iowa and Missouri deer tags.
Paul McCulley and Michael McCulley were fined $1,689 and assessed $15,000
in civil damages for the deer in Iowa.
They, along with Marc McCulley, 40, of Denham Springs, La., and Daniel
Mayeux, had 17 violations in Missouri resulting in eight citations for
illegally shooting two bucks and five does.
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