Turning the Tables on Property Owners who Report Hunters for Trespassing

By Merle Wilson

The Code of Iowa, Article 1 Section 6 reads: All laws of a general nature shall have a uniform operation. The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen or class of citizens privileges or immunities, which upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens, yet…

Two years ago, a deer hunter who was trespassing on my property threatened to kill me. I first tried to call a DNR warden, but he was off duty, so I called the sheriff. They would do nothing. I offer this as proof that Iowa’s DNR, along with sheriffs departments, have given hunters in Iowa “favorite son status.”

Iowa has two shotgun deer seasons in December. The first one is five days long, the second is ten days. During these seasons the DNR wardens take company time off. If you need a warden, you won’t find one during hunting season. You’ll get their cell phone messages telling you to call the state police.

I did, in fact, call the state dispatcher last year about illegal hunting, and the dispatcher told me, “If I can find a DNR officer, I will have him call you.” Ninety-five minutes later, a warden called me and said, “Well, I am in your area, but I don’t see anyone!” I replied, “No kidding, I can’t believe they are gone!”


Merle Wilson is from Iowa. He is a longtime C.A.S.H. member

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