Deerslayers charged after seven-month DNR probe

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DES MOINES — Multiple charges have been filed against two southeast Iowa men following a seven-month Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) investigation into reports that several deer had been shot and left to rot.

Ryan Matthew Greiner
Ryan Matthew Greiner

Ryan Matthew Greiner, 30, of Morning Sun and Treyton Hartman, 19, of Yarmouth were charged after search warrants on their residences in Morning Sun and Yarmouth were conducted Jan. 22.

The deer, shot with rifles, were reported to the DNR by members of the public.

Greiner faces the following charges:

  • 18 charges of unlawful taking, possessing or transporting of a white tail deer.
  • 18 charges of not having a valid deer tag
  • 7 charges of abandonment of dead or injured wildlife
  • 2 charges of hunting deer with a motor vehicle
  • 1 charge of unlawful possession of a non-game species (raptor foot)
  • 1 charge of failure to report harvest
  • 1 charge of hunting by artificial light
  • 1 charge of no state migratory fee

In addition to the game charges, Greiner was also charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of marijuana and two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

The charges against Greiner have a total possible fine of $7,503 as well as liquidated damages of $67,000 for 18 deer.

Treyton Hartman
Treyton Hartman

Hartman was charged and later found guilty of:

  • One charge of not having a fur harvesting license
  • One charge of abandonment of dead or injured wildlife
  • One charge of hunting with artificial light
  • One charge of not having a deer tag
  • One charge of unlawful take of a whitetail deer – $4,000 damages assessed
  • One additional charge of unlawful take of a whitetail deer – $1500 damages assessed

The DNR received assistance in the investigation from the wildlife forensic laboratory of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in analyzing DNA evidence relative to the case.

The DNR Law Enforcement Bureau said it was grateful to members of the public who initially reported the dead deer, which led to the investigation and charges.

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