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University of Iowa wrestlers get suspended for hunting rabbits on campus

Nov 24, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

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College is a place where student athletes can make some questionable decisions and it appears that two freshman from the University of Iowa wrestling team should have decided against hunting small animals on campus.

Freshman wrestlers Alex Meyer and Connor Ryan were believed to be hunting rabbits at a location on the west side of campus called Skunk Hollow.

The hunting is believed to have occurred on November 18th and 20th and well, the incident report speaks for itself:

According to an incident report, a University of Iowa security guard spotted the two hunting. The same security guard later saw rabbit skins in Meyer’s room, according to a separate incident report.

University of Iowa Department of Public Safety Associate Director Lucy Wiederholt said the wrestlers were carrying pellet rifles. They also had two rabbit carcasses with them. Wiederholt said she didn’t know when the men shot the rabbits, but believes they admitted to shooting them on campus.

The two men were charged with discharging toy guns and slingshots, which is a violation of the Iowa City code; and shooting after dark, which is a simple misdemeanor. Meyer was also charged with hunting without a license, a simple misdemeanor.

Since the hunting and possession of the toy guns did violate university policy, it is unknown at this time if the freshman hunters will be punished further or expelled from the university for their hunting.

Some of you are probably asking, “Why did the wrestlers decided to hunt rabbits on campus?” Well, their actual reason may surprise you:

The men allegedly told police they were going to make hats.


2 Iowa wrestlers suspended over campus rabbit hunt [Hawk Central]

  1. southernpatriots - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Making hats? Apparently these wrestlers are talented and can do more than one thing better than most others. There are few people today who know how to make hats out of rabbit pelts. Maybe they can take up hunting for wild hogs. Or they can come to Louisiana and be paid to provide nutria tails, a bounty for each tail. Or join the Swamp People and catch some alligators. They can make alligator boots, purses, and such from that skin.

  2. startedin67 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Their team should be renamed “The Fudds”

  3. john12325 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    This is the result of the University of Iowa providing an outlet for about every imaginable activity, except the shooting sports. If you live in the dorms and want to hunt, you have to take a bus 3 miles off campus to get your car (if you have one). Then you have to go to the Campus police station to get your gun, which often takes hours because the campus police are intentionally slow. There is no place to park while retrieving your guns from the campus police. You have no place to clean your gun when you are done. By the time you do all this and return everything, you have spent all day and did not have any time to actually hunt or shoot.

    As long as the University of Iowa makes it as difficult as possible for students to participate in this locally important cultural activity, then unhappy students will continue to find inappropriate outlets. I think it is partially the University of Iowa’s fault for setting students up in this (and other) cases. The occurrence of campus shootings has resulted in rules and punishments that are so severe that they infringe upon the ability to participate in shooting sports and inappropriately punish unrelated violations.