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How Clueless Can You Get? Deer Poachers Charged in Iowa with Their Own Website as Evidence

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Two men have been nailed with a long list of deer poaching offenses.

A Fort Dodge resident, Kyle Alstott, has pled guilty to a lengthy list of poaching offenses for violations in Iowa and Nebraska.

Iowa Conservation Officers became aware of the poaching through a website and filming company called ATM Outdoors that Alstott and another man, Roman Thompson, co-owned.

Investigators used pictures and videos the men posted of deer they and others killed on their website. During the investigation, when officers cross-referenced the images and researched the databases, it became apparent that the game killed was harvested illegally and without the required tags.

Images up on the site also provided direct visual evidence of them using bait and hunting over bait, which is illegal, as well as making false claims for non-residents to obtain hunting tags and licenses. There was also evidence of the illegal possession of whitetail deer carcasses and use of artificial light for night hunting.

Mr. Alstott has pled guilty to illegally killing deer, hunting over bait, using artificial light, unlawful use of two-way radios to hunt, making false claims to obtain tags, not reporting harvested deer, and hunting without appropriate tags. He also had previous charges dating from 2014 for illegally killing deer and turkey.

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How Clueless Can You Get? Deer Poachers Charged in Iowa with Their Own Website as Evidence