Iowa man pleads guilty in deer poaching case

MORAVIA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing a trophy whitetail deer and been fined $20,000 in liquidated damages.

The Department of Natural Resources announced the guilty plea Tuesday by 40-year-old Jerry Kaster of Moravia.

The department says Kaster shot a buck that scored more than 200 inches with a rifle while driving in his minivan on a rural road near Lake Rathbun. Officers found Kaster, the deer and his rifle at a residence a few miles away.

The DNR says that a matching set of antlers from the deer had been sold by another person to a collector for $8,000. It says a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline led to the prosecution of Kaster, who will also lose his hunting privileges.

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