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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 27, 2015

Alabama Man Convicted of Three Counts for His Role in Unlawful Guided Deer Hunts in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA - On July 23, 2015, a jury in the Southern District of Iowa convicted Kinsman Bruce Wolfe, age 63, of Montgomery, Alabama, of two counts of unlawful sale of wildlife, and one count of conspiracy to commit the unlawful sale of wildlife. Sentencing has been scheduled for October 21, 2015 before the Honorable John A. Jarvey.

From around October 2013 to December 2013, Wolfe assisted Robert Wilkins, age 53, of Semmes, Alabama, in guiding hunts for trophy white-tail buck deer in rural Lucas County, Iowa. Non-resident hunters were allowed to hunt on the property during the paid hunts, despite not having paid for Iowa hunting licenses, fees and transportation tags. The capes and antlers of illegally taken deer were then transported from Iowa to Alabama.

This investigation was conducted by the United State Fish and Wildlife Service, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Alabama Division of Game and Natural Resources, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Updated July 27, 2015