HARLAN STUDENTS ADMIT TO POACHING DEER

SIOUXLAND—SIX HARLAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND ONE ADULT ARE FACING CHARGES FOR ILLEGALLY KILLING DEER.

DAVE TIERNEY, AN IOWA DNR CONSERVATION OFFICER FOR SHELBY COUNTY, SAYS THE POACHING INVESTIGATION BEGAN IN LATE OCTOBER.

THE SUSPECTS ARE ACCUSED OF TAKING AT LEAST 12 DEER OVER THE PAST SIX WEEKS.

THE SIX BOYS CHARGED IN THE CASE ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 18 AND ARE FROM PORTSMOUTH, HARLAN, PANAMA, SHELBY AND DEFINANCE.

A FATHER OF ONE OF THE BOYS, 50 YEAR OLD RANDY BRUCK OF PORTSMOUTH IS ALSO CHARGED.

TIERNEY SAYS A VEHICLE DESCRIPTION AND OTHER TIPS LED OFFICERS TO HARLAN HIGH SCHOOL.

TIERNEY SAYS THE TEENS WERE INTERVIEWED TUESDAY AND EACH INDIVIDUAL CONFESSED TO THE POACHING ACTIVITY.

HE SAYS, UNFORTUNATELY, THESE TYPES OF CASES ARE BECOMING MORE COMMON.

DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE DEER, THE FINE FOR POACHING RANGES BETWEEN 10-AND-20-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE TEENS CHARGED IN THE CASE ARE BENJAMIN BRUCK, JARED KLEIN, TAYLOR ASSMANN, LUCAS MUSICH, DYLAN BARRETT AND JOSH SCHABEN.

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