A North Carolina couple that runs an outfitting company has been convicted of multiple federal game law violations in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports Jason and Britney Edney of Hendersonville hired guides and worked for clients in Nebraska.
State and federal conservation agents uncovered numerous hunting violations, including more than 25 instances of over-bagging or hunting turkeys without permits, and 29 illegally taken deer. The pair also failed to check deer and had five small game violations. The instances occurred in Frontier, Dawson, Keya Paha, and Lincoln Counties.
Both Jason and Britney Edney reached plea agreements.
Jaons will pay $35,000 in restitution and court costs. He has been placed on five years’ probation, which includes a ban on hunting, fishing, or trapping. He has been fined an additional $100 to satisfy state charges against him.
Britney will pay $10,000 in restitution and court costs and serve three years’ probation as well as pay the $100 state fine.
Both were convicted under the Lacey Act, a federal law that bans the trade of fish, wildlife and plants that are illegally taken, transported or sold.
The Edneys participate in a reality TV program that pits hunting teams against each other. They videotaped many of the illegal hunts and used them in the program as well as to promote their outfitting business.