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Minnesota man pleads guilty to illegal hunting in Clarke County

A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to the illegal taking, or “killing,” of a whitetail buck in Clarke County.

Bradley Adrian Slawson Jr., 42, of Ham Lake, Minn., was originally charged with four counts of killing a whitetail buck in Clarke County.

The incidents occurred in November 2008, November 2009, November 2010 and November 2011.

The complaint and affidavit report from Clarke County Clerk of Court’s office states all four incidents occurred at “310th Ave. — Klootwyk property.”

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Michael Miller said Slawson was hunting in Clarke County without proper licenses.

Suspension, fines

According to a press release from the Iowa DNR, Slawson forfeited archery equipment and faces suspension of his hunting license privileges in Iowa and 38 other states included by the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

Slawson was also fined $780, and will have to pay $18,000 in liquidated damages to Iowa DNR.

Investigators from Iowa DNR were assisted in the case by officials from Minnesota DNR.

“The work between the two states was incredibly important. We were finally able to catch up to someone that had been stealing from Iowa’s natural resources for years,” Miller said.

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