Josh and Sarah Bowmar, a couple with a large social media following for their hunting videos, were convicted Tuesday as part of a plea deal of violating hunting regulations during some of the events they posted online.
The couple, along with their company, Bowmar Bowhunting, were placed on three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $130,000 in fines, restitution and forfeiture.
The terms of their probation include that the couple “shall not hunt or engage in any activity associated with hunting, limited to the District of Nebraska,” according to court documents.
The Bowmars were charged with conspiring with a hunting guide and outfitter company in Nebraska to illegally hunt deer with baited traps. Under Nebraska law, it is illegal to place food to attract animals to a hunting site. Prosecutors also alleged that Sarah Bowmar killed a wild turkey without a valid permit.
It is a violation of the federal Lacey Act to violate one state’s hunting laws and take illegally obtained game into another state, and federal prosecutors alleged that the Bowmars took the deer out of state and the turkey they illegally killed in Nebraska.
The Bowmars and their company pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, and the government dropped four other counts.
The pair received no jail time.
In a statement sent to CNN, Josh and Sarah Bowmar said they felt prosecutors’ decision to drop the baiting and poaching charges was “fair and true to what happened with that company 9 years ago.”
“We pleaded guilty to conspiracy, which means we should have known better about hunting in this outfit and should have paid more attention to what was going on behind closed doors, but we didn’t, and that’s why We take full responsibility.” said his statement.
“We learned some very valuable lessons from this experience and our mistakes and look forward to doing everything we can to leave a positive mark on the hunting community and engage our children in the limitless joys of the great outdoors.”
The Bowmar Bowhunting YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and their Instagram page has over 340,000 followers.