Popular bow-hunting couple Josh and Sarah Bowmar are pleading guilty to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge related to a federal poaching case.
The Bowmars are two of dozens of individuals charged in a case against a Nebraska-based company, Hidden Hills Outfitters, according to KCCI. The couple is best known for their very popular social media channels, with more than half a million followers combined across their Instagram and YouTube pages, both of which are focused on archery and bow-hunting.
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Prosecutors alleged the couple, and others embroiled in the case, documented a string of guided hunts with the outfitting company where illegal bait traps were used to draw in white-tailed deer, KCCI continued. As well as entering a guilty plea, the Bowmans may be met with a maximum set of fines amounting to $200,000 at their sentencing, which is scheduled for January, the outlet reported.
Thirty-three defendants in the case have all pleaded guilty to their involvement in poaching a variety of animals, predominantly in the big game field, according to Go Hunt. One of those defendants, Conrad Hueftle, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution and a $5,000 fine after committing an illegal take of a mule deer buck in 2016, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Man Receives Lifetime Hunting Ban For Poaching Across Multiple Colorado Counties)
One of the outfitter’s co-owners, Nolan Hueftle, was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, KBEAR reported. He is barred from participating in any hunting activities throughout his probation, the outlet continued.