Officials say Missouri man poached turkey in Iowa

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Conservation officials say a Missouri man poached a turkey in southern Iowa.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that 30-year-old Matthew McCullah was found guilty of several charges in May. They included illegally taking a wild turkey, not having a valid nonresident hunting license, and not having a nonresident turkey tag.

A conservation officer stopped McCullah in April and noted that he had killed a turkey with his shotgun but had not tagged the bird. McCullah said he didn’t have a license.

McCullah was ordered to pay various fees and $200 in liquated damages. In August, a magistrate ordered that the $1,500 in equipment used to take the bird be condemned to the state.

McCullah will lose his hunting privileges for at least one year.

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