An outfitter and his wife, some of their clients, and co-conspirators were charged by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement.
The owner of Southeast Iowa Outfitters Brenton Clark, and his wife Rachael Clark were each charged with several counts of violating Iowa’s wildlife laws after an extensive hunting investigation. Brenton Clark was charged with four counts of unlawful commercialization of wildlife, five counts of possessing other people’s deer tags, four counts of unlawful possession, one count of transportation of buck deer, and one count of unlawfully hunting of a deer with a mobile radio.
In Iowa, you cannot use a two-way mobile radio transmitter to communicate the location or direction of game or furbearing animals, or to coordinate the movement of other hunters. Also, you cannot ship, carry or transport game, fish, birds or animals (except furbearing animals) in excess of the number legally permitted to be possessed, unless authorized by a special license, such as a Taxidermy License.
Rachael Clark was charged with three counts of possessing the deer tag of another person. In Iowa, you may not possess the deer tag of another person if that person is not in your presence.
The hunting investigation also resulted in six other people pleading guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and seven were charged with failure to report deer harvest. Six additional people were charged with unlawful transportation of a buck deer. Four people were charged with not having a non-resident any-sex deer tag. Fines and court costs ranged from $195 per person to $849 per person depending on the charges.
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Besides the punishment levied by state of Iowa, many of the non-residents will face administrative injunctions in their home states. Iowa participates in the Wildlife Violator Compact. The compact is an agreement between participating states that prohibits a person whose hunting or fishing privileges are suspended in one state from participating in those activities in another state.
Wildlife crimes hurt the economy and the wildlife resources. The public is victimized by being denied a fair opportunity to harvest a wild animal when people cheat by using artificial aids, abuse the bag limits or circumvent the license requirements.
Iowa uses a point value system for wildlife convictions as determined by the Iowa Administrative Code. Licenses will be suspended or revoked for a specific period as determined by the number of points accumulated.
Know the game laws where you hunt and follow them. Crime does not pay.