Two Waterloo men are facing multiple charges for allegedly taking deer out of season.

In a news release, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Paul Lu and Kyaw Wahny are charged with a total of 14 violations related to the case. If found guilty on all counts, they could pay a combined $2,244 in fines. However, authorities have requested that each of the men pay $4,000 in restitution based on the size of the deer antlers.

Iowa DNR officials learned that Lu, 31, and Wahny, 19, possibly killed two antlered deer illegally when a conservation officer was notified by Waterloo police following a traffic stop on the east side of the city around 1:30 AM on Aug. 2, 2018. Police reported that Lu and Wahny were in possession of two male deer that were still in velvet, which means they had not fully completed the development.

On Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:26 a.m., Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau was contacted by the Waterloo Police Department after they conducted a traffic stop of two males who had illegally killed two antlered deer that were still in velvet, which means they had not fully completed the development.

"This case was a phenomenal demonstration of agencies working together to put an end to illegal deer poaching,” said Dakota Drish, DNR Conservation Officer. ”These two men would likely not have been caught if it weren't for the diligence of the Waterloo police officers.”

Lu was charged with:

  • Shooting firearm over water, highway or railroad right-of-way
  • Hunting deer without a valid deer license or tag
  • Hunting without a valid hunting license
  • Hunting without paying the habitat fee
  • Taking deer out of season
  • Taking deer with a prohibited rifle.
  • Using an automobile to hunt deer
  • Hunting by artificial light

Wahny was charged with:

  • Shooting firearm over water, highway or railroad right-of-way
  • Hunting deer without a valid deer license or tag
  • Hunting without a valid hunting license
  • Hunting without paying the habitat fee
  • Taking deer out of season
  • Taking deer with a prohibited rifle.

In addition to the charges, Wahny was also issued warnings for using an automobile to hunt deer and hunting by artificial light.