Poached Giant Costs Man How Much?

Jerry Kaster, 40, of Moravia, pleaded guilty and was assessed the maximum amount of $20,000 in liquidated damages for unlawfully killing of a trophy whitetail deer in Appanoose County.

handcuffsThe case began with a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline on Dec. 2, 2010.

According to the investigation, Kaster had shot a buck deer that scored more than 200 inches. He shot it with a .270 rifle while driving in his minivan on a rural road in the Lake Rathbun area.

Conservation officers located Kaster, the deer, and Kaster’s rifle at a residence a few miles from where the deer was killed. A .270 bullet recovered from the deer was later matched by the DCI to Kaster’s Ruger .270 rifle.

Kaster was fined $195 for one count of unlawful killing of an antlered whitetail deer and $195 for one count of unlawful transportation of whitetail deer. The DNR seized the Ruger .270 rifle Kaster used in the violations. He will also lose his hunting privileges.

While under investigation for this case, Kaster was fined in 2012 for falsely obtaining landowner tags to hunt deer.

In the course of the investigation, conservation officers determined that a matching set of shed antlers off this deer had been sold by another person to a collector for $8,000.

The timely reporting to the Turn In Poachers hotline made apprehending this trophy deer poacher possible.