In Iowa, sheriff’s deputy busted for unlawful possession of whitetail antlers
GREENE COUNTY, Iowa — A Greene County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been cited for the illegal possession of white-tailed deer antlers.
On Nov. 3, a DNR conservation officer received a call from a man who came upon a scene of a woman who had hit a deer on N Avenue between 185th and 190th streets in Greene County. The man waited for a sheriff’s deputy to arrive.
Once the deputy arrived, the man asked the deputy about a salvage tag, but Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Kirk Hammer declined to issue him a tag. According to state code, a salvage tag should be first issued to the individuals involved in the accident, and if not interested, then to any bystanders at the scene.
Later in the day, the same man drove past the scene and observed Hammer, in uniform, near the deer, removing the antlers with a saw. When DNR Conservation Officer Nathan Haupert questioned Hammer, he admitted to taking the antlers. Haupert met Hammer at his home and seized the antlers.
Haupert explained to Hammer that it is unlawful to keep the antlers without a deer tag or salvage permit, and with a salvage permit, the entire deer would need to be removed from the ditch, not just the antlers.
On Nov. 12, a citation was issued to Hammer for unlawful possession of white-tailed deer antlers, Iowa Code section 481A.38, with a fine totaling $195.