Iowa man accused of illegally taking deer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa man faces multiple charges in connection with illegally taking deer.

The state Department of Natural Resources says 55-year-old Thomas Charest, of Brighton, is accused of shooting creatures over a period of time.

Charest is accused of shooting a buck in September and shooting a deer in October 2012, among other alleged incidents. He is accused of possessing illegal deer in North Dakota and South Dakota, though officials are still investigating those cases.

Charest faces two counts of illegal possession of whitetail deer, one count of taking a buck deer over bait, one count of taking deer out of season and one count of hunting deer without a license or habitat fee. Records do not list an attorney.

Charest is scheduled in court on Dec. 18.

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