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Bowhunting pair indicted in Nebraska’s largest poaching case of all time

The famous bow-hunting couple will appear in federal court where they will face a laundry list of charges.

Josh and Sarah Bowmar are no strangers to the spotlight. The Ohio couple are known for their mutual success at archery, online videos, and physical fitness training programs.

But they are now ready to go to federal court. Together they are accused, among other things, of hunting turkeys without a valid permit, of illegally transporting game across state borders and of baiting wild animals.

Bowmar poaching fees

Among the violations of numerous Nebraska state laws, the Bowmars are also charged with violating the federal law of Lacey through interstate wildlife trade.

A 20-page indictment filed in July by US attorney Joseph P. Kelly lists all of the charges. The document calls for the loss of three white-tailed billy goats killed by the couple in 2016 and 2017, a compound bow, and monetary repairs equal to the value of the property in question. However, no amount has been announced yet.

In one public commentThe Bowmars attorney said the couple pleaded not guilty and were innocent until proven otherwise. You intend to fight the charges and go before a jury. The Bowmars case will be brought to trial on November 2, 2020.

Hidden Hills Outfitters Sting

The case is part of a much larger trick involving Hidden Hills Outfitters (HHO) of Broken Bow, Nebraska. Co-owner and chief executive Joshua Hueftle received 30 months in prison and a $ 214,375 fine – a refund to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He is also facing a 15-year ban on obtaining hunting licenses.

More than 30 defendants pleaded guilty This resulted in fines of more than $ 500,000 and 53 years of revoked hunting and fishing rights. In total, it was found that 97 animals were illegally taken. HHO also regularly killed non-wild migratory birds, that is, birds such as red-tailed falcons and American kestrels. The latter is a violation of the federal law on migratory birds.

Bowmars under control again

This is not the first time the Bowmars have taken public scrutiny. In 2016, in Canada, Josh Bowmar killed a black bear with a spear and a GoPro attached, causing an international backlash.

Though Bowmar wasn’t charged wrongdoing At that time, Alberta later changed its hunting laws to ban spears as a legal method for inclusion in 2018 due to the outcry. The fine for hunting with a prohibited weapon in Alberta is now a maximum of $ 50,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

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