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Four eastern Iowa men pleaded guilty Wednesday, to illegally taking 12 Iowa deer and were assessed nearly $63,000 in fines and liquidated damages. The men will have their hunting privileges suspended and will be listed as habitual offenders with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Travis Umbdenstock, 21, from Cedar Rapids, Tim Hansel, 20, Jacob Hansel, 21 and Josh Hansel, 20, all from Martelle, were charged with unlawful possession, unlawful method of taking deer, no valid deer licenses and unlawful transportation of deer. The four men pleaded guilty to all 23 charges.

Mike Macke, Iowa DNR conservation officer for Jones County, said he learned about the poaching activity while working on an unrelated case.

"These people had to be seen by several people while they were doing it, but for whatever reason, no one called it in. We call it poaching because it is wildlife, but it is really theft of the resource," Macke said. Based on the spread of the antlers, Macke said three of the deer would be trophy bucks for someone if they had been legitimately harvested.

Officers with the Iowa DNR and the Jones County Sheriff's Department searched the rural Martelle residence on Dec. 8, and seized parts of 11 bucks and one doe that were all taken illegally. Officers also seized 14 guns and one bow.

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Disgusting.. this is why people view hunters as killers..

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thank god it`s a minority commiting such crimes, all it takes is a few guys like that to make everyone look bad..

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Re: 4 Men, 12 Deer, Big Fines

Should have been more. Poachers are one of the lowest forms of scum. These idiots deprived at least three hunters of possibly shooting the buck of a lifetime. I hope they rot.

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GEEEZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!! $63k They won't have time to ever hunt again.

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Good!

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Yep I have to agree there...

Good is right...

To bad it wasn't more then that...

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Four eastern Iowa men pleaded guilty Wednesday, to illegally taking 12 Iowa deer and were assessed nearly $63,000 in fines and liquidated damages. The men will have their hunting privileges suspended and will be listed as habitual offenders with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Travis Umbdenstock, 21, from Cedar Rapids, Tim Hansel, 20, Jacob Hansel, 21 and Josh Hansel, 20, all from Martelle, were charged with unlawful possession, unlawful method of taking deer, no valid deer licenses and unlawful transportation of deer. The four men pleaded guilty to all 23 charges.

Mike Macke, Iowa DNR conservation officer for Jones County, said he learned about the poaching activity while working on an unrelated case.

"These people had to be seen by several people while they were doing it, but for whatever reason, no one called it in. We call it poaching because it is wildlife, but it is really theft of the resource," Macke said. Based on the spread of the antlers, Macke said three of the deer would be trophy bucks for someone if they had been legitimately harvested.

Officers with the Iowa DNR and the Jones County Sheriff's Department searched the rural Martelle residence on Dec. 8, and seized parts of 11 bucks and one doe that were all taken illegally. Officers also seized 14 guns and one bow.

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All I gotta say is, what's new more poachers in Iowa! mad.gif

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Re: 4 Men, 12 Deer, Big Fines

Finally, a fine that would deter someone...I wish the fine would have been more...I am still paying on student loans that toataled around there....Let em' pay!!! This was a fair price, and I love the fact they published the names!

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GEEEZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!! $63k They won't have time to ever hunt again.

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Good!

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Yep I have to agree there...

Good is right...

To bad it wasn't more then that...

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ditto

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Re: 4 Men, 12 Deer, Big Fines

That is absolutely pitiful. Those guys should have the access fines and thier things should be confiscated. I agree with everyone on the forum, that is why the hunting community gets a bad wrap. I hope this sends a message to all the other poachers out there.

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I hope this info gets more media coverage. Get the word out and maybe it will deter some other idiot. You can bet they aren't members of this forum group!

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It's to bad that the full truth never made the news. I know these  guys and that's not how they roll. And in all fairness that travis should of got all the fines plus jail time. Jones county hates the hansels. So this was also time for Mike (Dnr) to get his name out there. So what made the paper was only what the Jones county cops /DNR said. This is why I love social media. Blow up you have no clue about. ( I do believe that you should hunt the proper wildlife at the proper time with guns/bows that are legal.) 

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