Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Deer Poaching Charges
OSCEOLA, Iowa – A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to four counts of illegal taking of a whitetail buck over a four year period in Iowa.
Bradley A. Slawson, Jr., 42, of Ham Lake, Minn., was fined $780 and ordered to pay $18,000 in civil damages for illegally harvesting deer from 2008-2011 in Clarke County, Iowa. He also forfeited archery equipment and faces suspension of his hunting license privileges in Iowa and 38 other states included by the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Investigators from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources were assisted in the case by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“The work between the two states was incredibly important. We were finally able to catch up to someone that had been stealing from Iowa’s natural resources for years,” said Iowa DNR Conservation Officer Michael Miller.