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.