I believe Iowa F&G later charged him with hunting over bait and took the rack.
He was cleared of the charges. Honestly, I have seen that video a few times, and I cannot get over how awkward this Franz guy looks hunting. It almost looks like he has never hunted a day in his life before this...
Judge found him not guilty. So, under the Iowa justice system, there is not enough evidence that he broke a law, beyond any reasonable doubt.
And it appears that they tried their bums off to convict him too.
I got drawn in Iowa a few years ago oneshot. Saw a lot of deer, saw "The Chase" passed on an awesome buck that a perfect side and the other was deformed. Shoulda coulda woulda but after that I did see my dream buck at 35 yards but he spooked as I was drawing my bow. Heavy mass and width. I think about that buck more times than I care to mention. He was what Ive been waiting forYour welcome friend. Maybe you will go to Iowa one day? Although you get some beauties in Maine.