The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says four men from Louisiana have been found guilty of poaching deer in Iowa.
State conservation officer Deb Howe says Michael Fralick and James Moore, both of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, along with Stanley Russell of Roseland, Louisiana and William "Heath" Chambliss of Kentwood, Louisiana, were found guilty after a 10-month investigation by the Iowa DNR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Game & Fish, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Howe says the investigation began in November 2011 when a "Turn In Poachers" call was made to Kansas authorities. She says the Iowa DNR also received a "TIP" call that linked the two cases.
"These men came to Iowa specifically to road hunt trophy bucks during the rut," Howe said in a written statement. "They did not have any licenses or tags to hunt in Iowa during the time they were here."
Fralick was convicted on 32 counts of deer hunting violations in four southwest Iowa counties. He was ordered to pay $6,123.90 in fines and court costs, $22,500 in civil damages, forfeited two rifles and received a five year license suspension.
Moore pleaded guilty to 10 charges in Iowa. He was ordered to pay $2,293 in total fines and court costs and $10,000 in civil damages. He also received a five year license suspension. Howe says Moore had an illegal deer in his possession in Oklahoma when officials there served him the Iowa citations.
Russell and Chambliss were both found guilty of four charges. Their fines and court costs totaled $1,433.40 each and they each received a two year license suspension.
All four men pleaded guilty to various wildlife crimes in Kansas as well.
If you have information on wildlife crimes, call TIP of Iowa at 1-800-532-2020. Callers can remain anonymous.