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Four Louisiana men accused of poaching deer in Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says four Louisiana men face charges for allegedly killing five deer in Iowa last year.

The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department received information in late November 2011 that led to an investigation into possible poaching in Iowa.  The Iowa DNR says they received information at around the same time that tied the two cases together.

As a result of the investigation, James Keith Moore, 41, of Hammond, Louisiana, and 45-year-old Michael D. Fralick of Ponchatoula, Louisiana face 32 counts each of deer related violations in four different southwest Iowa counties. They were each fined $6,123.90 and the state is seeking $25,000 in civil damages from each man.

Stanley B. Russell, 46, of Roseland, Louisiana and 39-year-old William H. Chambliss of Kentwood, Louisiana each face six counts of deer related violations in Montgomery County. They were each fined $1,823.40 and the state is seeking $10,000 in civil damages from each man.

"These men came to Iowa specifically to road hunt trophy bucks during the rut," said Deb Howe, state conservation officer for the Iowa DNR, in a written statement. "They did not have any licenses or tags to hunt in Iowa during the time they were here."

An initial court date will be scheduled for November.

The state is also requesting that the men forfeit four rifles believed to have been used to shoot the deer.

If you have information on wildlife crimes please call TIP, Turn-in-Poachers, at 1-800-532-2020.  You can remain anonymous.

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