Cumberland Times-News

September 7, 2013

Poacher fined $20,000

The Daily Iowegian

— APPANOOSE COUNTY, Iowa — Jerry Kaster, 40, Moravia, pleaded guilty and was assessed the maximum amount of $20,000 in liquidated damages for unlawfully killing of a trophy whitetail deer in Appanoose County, according to Iowa wildlife authorities. The case began with a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline on Dec. 2, 2010.

According to investigators, Kaster had shot a buck, that scored more than 200 inches, with a .270 rifle while driving in his minivan on a rural road in the Lake Rathbun area.

Conservation officers located Kaster, the deer and Kaster’s rifle at a residence a few miles from where the deer was killed. A .270 bullet recovered from the deer was later matched to Kaster’s Ruger .270 rifle.   

Kaster was fined $195 for one count of unlawful killing of an antlered whitetail deer and $195 for one count of unlawful transportation of whitetail deer. The DNR seized the Ruger .270 rifle Kaster used in the violations. He will also lose his hunting privileges.