Guide Convicted of Leading Illegal Deer Hunts

Various hunting equipment photographed Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, in southeast Cedar Rapids. (The Gazette, Jim Slosiarek)

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Pennsylvania man who operated a hunting guide service in southern Iowa has been convicted of carrying out illegal hunts for whitetail deer in 2008.

A jury in Des Moines on Thursday found Rodney Hughes of Mayfield, Penn., guilty of seven counts of the unlawful sale of deer taken in interstate commerce. Jurors also found him guilty of six counts of willfully submitting false information to state authorities.

Prosecutors say Hughes' service, Midwest USA Outfitters, was a guide for several residents from other states who came to Iowa to hunt without having a buck tag.

Hughes had relatives and friends obtain hunting tags that were used for the deer the hunters killed. He reported the false tag information to the state of Iowa.

The 63-year-old Hughes will be sentenced later.
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