A Missouri man has been found guilty of poaching near Moulton, Iowa.
Matthew K. McCullah, 30, of Cassville, Mo., was approached by Iowa conservation officers on April 20, 2013, after they noticed one hunter was constantly on his phone texting. As the officers were heading down the road, they noticed two men come over a hill carrying shotguns, wearing hunting packs, and dressed in full camouflage.
After questioning McCullah it was determined that he was in possession of an untagged turkey and did not have a valid hunting license.
McCullah told officers he was a free lance videographer for hunting shows in the Midwest and was concerned about how getting caught poaching a turkey was going to affect his ability to get work.
He was fined and required to pay damages in the amount of $920 for illegally taking a wild turkey, not having a valid nonresident hunting license, and not having a nonresident turkey tag.
His hunting equipment was condemned to the state and he loses his Iowa hunting privileges for at least a year.
Full Press Release from The Iowa Department of Conservation
Matthew K. McCullah, 30, of Cassville, Mo., was found guilty of poaching a turkey on April 20, near Moulton in southeast Appanoose County. More....