Josh and Sarah Bowmar, a couple with a strong following on social media for their hunting videos, were convicted in a plea agreement on Tuesday for violating hunting regulations at some of the events they posted online.
The couple – along with his company Bowmar Bowhunting – were placed on three-year probation and ordered to pay more than $130,000 in fines, restitution and forfeiture.
The terms of their parole include that the couple “must not hunt or otherwise engage in hunting-related activities limited to the District of Nebraska,” according to court documents.
The Bowmars were accused of conspiring with a Nebraska hunting guide and equipment company to illegally hunt deer with decoy traps. It is illegal under Nebraska law to post food to attract animals to a hunting ground. Prosecutors also alleged that Sarah Bowmar killed a wild turkey without a valid permit.
It is a violation of the Federal Lacey Act to break hunting laws in one state and bring illegally acquired game to another state, and federal prosecutors have alleged that the Bowmars took out the deer and turkey they illegally killed in Nebraska deported to the state.
The Bowmars and company have pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and the government dropped four other charges.
The couple received no jail time.
In a statement sent to CNN, Josh and Sarah Bowmar said they believe the prosecutors’ decision to drop the hate speech and poaching charges was “fair and truthful about what happened to this outfitter 9 years ago.” be”.
“We have pleaded guilty to conspiracy, which means we should know more about hunting at this outfitter and pay more attention to what goes on behind closed doors – but we didn’t and we’ll take full responsibility for that.” responsibility.” Her statement said.
“We have learned some very valuable lessons from this experience and our mistakes and look forward to doing our best to leave a positive footprint in the hunting community and to engage our children in the limitless joys of the great outdoors.”
Bowmar Bowhunting’s YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and his page has over 340,000 followers on Instagram.