Two hunters charged with 38 hunting violation in Van Buren County

Two hunters received 38 hunting violations from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, one of the highest number of citations the DNR has ever filed in Van Buren County in a deer and turkey hunting violation investigation.

Total amount of fines, surcharges and court costs amount to more than $11,000 and one individual faces liquidated damages up to $20,000.

Chris Enyeart, 38, Ames, had 23 citations filed against him totaling $6,453.30 in fines, surcharges and court costs. He pleaded not guilty. He demanded a jury trial. Pretrial conference was set for Dec. 27.

Garry Wright, 55, Waterfall, Pennsylvania, had 15 citations totaling $5027.30. He also faces between $5,000 and $20,000 in liquidated damages.

They were charged with unlawful taking of deer and turkey or no habitat fees or licenses in cases the DNR alleges happened between November 2017 and April 2018.

Chris Enyeart’s son, Emmitt, posted several videos and photos of the alleged activity on a YouTube channel, Instagram and Facebook. Their website is called “Extreme Element Outdoors.”

Chris Enyeart and Garry Wright are identified as “pro staff” of Extreme Element Outdoors. The Iowa DNR used the videos and photos in their application for a search warrant of property south and west of Douds this summer. They seized deer mounts, cameras, cellphones, accessories and a resealable baggy containing what the DNR identified as marijuana. Chris Enyeart is listed as an owner of the property.