The consequences were unclear Monday for Iowa All-American wrestler Ethen Lofthouse after he was accused of illegally shooting a duck with a bow and arrow, then later admitting to police he intended to eat the dead duck.
The University of Iowa athletic department, in a statement Monday morning it was “aware of the situation, and is working with Lofthouse through the process outlined in the UI Athletics Department Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.”
Iowa City Police responded to 36 Jema Court in Iowa City at 12:40 p.m. Friday to reports that individuals had been seen shooting arrows at a duck in the home’s backyard, according to police complaints.
Upon arrival, a witness told officers that one of their neighbors had shot the duck with an arrow and taken it into the garage, according to police. Police say Lofthouse, 22, admitted to shooting the duck and provided his bow and the dead duck for inspection. Lofthouse told police he was an avid hunter and his intention was to eat the duck.
Police say not only did Lofthouse not possess the required license or stamps required for duck hunting in Iowa, but the duck was killed out of season.
Lofthouse has been charged maintaining a prohibited animal without appropriate permits and armed with weapons.
The senior from Avon, Utah, compiled a 22-9 record last season and finished fifth at NCAA Championships and third at the Big Ten meet.
Chris Brewer, assistant director of UI Athletic Communications, said Lofthouse and Iowa coach Tom Brands would have no further comment on the matter.
This is the second hunting incident involving Iowa wrestlers within the past year. In November, freshmen Alex Meyer and Connor Ryan were suspended for hunting rabbits on the U of I campus. Those two wrestlers were carrying pellet rifles and had two rabbit carcasses in their possession. They told police they intended to make hats out of the dead rabbits.
Meyer and Ryan sat out one tournament in late November before returning to the team.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Mitchell Schmidt and the Des Moines Register’s Andy Hamilton contributed to this report