Multiple Charges Filed Relating to Illegal Hunting

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FAIRFIELD – An extensive investigation centering on a hunting outfitter in Jefferson County has resulted in multiple charges against several individuals.

Brenton J. Clark and his wife, Rachael, owners of Southeast Iowa Outfitters in Fairfield face several charges related to alleged illegal practices associated with their operation.

Brenton J. Clark, 34, faces four counts of unlawful commercialization of wildlife (serious misdemeanor), five counts of possessing other peoples’ deer tags, four counts of unlawful possession and transportation of buck deer and unlawfully hunting of a deer with a mobile radio.

Rachael Clark, 34, has been charged with three counts of possessing the deer tag of another person.

In addition to the criminal charges the Iowa DNR is seeking liquidated damages in the amount of $120,000 against Brenton Clark for deer that were illegally taken at Southeast Iowa Outfitters in 2012 and 2013.

Also facing charges are James K. Moulierre, 47, of Alexandria, LA who was charged with not having a non-resident any sex deer tag and unlawful transportation of a buck deer and Thomas E. Bromell, 46, of Fairfield who was charged with possession of a deer tag of another person and unlawful possession and transportation of a buck deer.

Those who have already pled guilty to charges resulting from the investigation include:

  • David A. Neff, 67, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person.  Fine and court cost of $195.00.
  • Sheri B. Neff, 69, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.00
  • James R. Deornellas, 76, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.00.
  • Russell W. Deornellas, 53, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.00.
  • Jerry L. Hemm, 40, of Birmingham, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another person and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.00.
  • Mark W. Kraft, 53, of Fairfield, pled guilty to providing a deer tag to another per5son and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.00.
  • Dallon E. Buchanan, 41, of Cabot, AR, pled guilty to failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $195.00.
  • George W. Uithoven, 44, of Meridian, MS, pled guilty to unlawful transportation of a buck deer and not having a non-resident any sex deer tag.  Fine and court cost of $849.00.
  • Louie O. Justus, 40, of Candler, NC, pled guilty to unlawful transportation of a buck deer and not having a non-resident any sex deer tag.  Fine and court cost of $849.00.
  • Benjamin M. King, 26, of Rutherfordton, NC, pled guilty to unlawful transportation of a buck deer and not having a non-resident any sex deer tag.  Fine and court cost of $849.00.
  • Jack Conner, 62, of Union Mills, NC, pled guilty to unlawful transportation of a buck deer and failure to report deer harvest.  Fine and court cost of $390.00.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

 

In addition, assistance in conducting interviews and seizing illegal deer that were being kept in other states was provided by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

 

A total of 11 deer have been seized in the course of the investigation which is still on- going.