Iowa tree farmer Kevin Kelly finally has his day in court. According to this DesMoines Register article, he shot a deer illegally on his property in 2004, then called the state DNR and asked to be charged. He wasn’t. So he did the same in 2005. Finally, after popping another deer that was chowing his trees this past June, game officials agreed to take him in. When his court case comes up in March, he’ll argue that a 1915 Iowa Supreme Court ruling allows property owners to take deer management into their own hands.
The DNR agues that it already has provisions for helping landowners deal with deer—a program Kelly says is not up to the task. Check out this interesting article, then tell us how you would rule.