(SIOUX CITY) A Sioux City man was apprehended on several counts resulting from the alleged illegal shooting of a wild turkey north of Pisgah, in Monona County.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 42 year old Phuoc Nguyen pleaded guilty to not having a valid turkey tag, illegal method of harvesting a turkey by using a rifle, shooting a turkey out of season, abandonment of dead or injured wildlife and shooting a rifle on or over a roadway. He faces fines totaling more than $700 and liquidated damages for the turkey of $200. The turkey and a Marlin .22-caliber rifle with scope were seized.
The investigation began after Chase Durfee, a technician for the DNR Forestry Bureau, was contacted by a citizen on March 19. Durfee identified Nguyen’s vehicle and followed it, observing Nguyen stopping at one point and moving an uncased rifle from the front to the rear of the vehicle.
Jeff Poen, park ranger for Lewis and Clark State Park, stopped Nguyen’s vehicle on I-29 where an uncased gun was observed. Durfee and Poen located and recovered the turkey that had been shot on state forest land near the Boy Scout Camp, north of Pisgah. Nguyen was later charged by DNR Conservation Officer Steve Griebel.
Nguyen still faces a charge of having an uncased gun in the vehicle in Harrison County.
The DNR says a good option for providing poaching information is through the Turn In Poachers hotline at 1-800-532-2020.