A North Carolina couple involved in a reality television show hunting series has been convicted of multiple federal game law violations in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said Jason and Britney Edney of Hendersonville, N.C., own an outfitting company that hired guides and worked for clients in Nebraska.
Over four years, commission conservation officers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents uncovered violations that included more than 25 instances of overbagging or hunting turkeys without permits, 29 illegally taken deer, 17 instances of failing to check deer and five small-game violations.
The violations occurred in Frontier, Dawson, Keya Paha and Lincoln counties.
The Edneys were part of a reality TV series in which teams of hunters compete against each other. Several of the illegal hunts were videotaped, and some footage was posted online to promote their outfitting business.
Jason Edney made a plea deal, was convicted of a felony violation of the federal Lacey Act and ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution and court costs. His five-year probation includes a ban on hunting, fishing or trapping. Nebraska charges against him resulted in an additional $100 in fines, plus court costs.
Britney Edney also made a deal, was convicted of a misdemeanor Lacey Act violation and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution and court costs. Her three-year probation includes a ban on hunting, fishing or trapping. She also was charged in Nebraska for hunting without permits and fined $100, plus court costs.
The Lacey Act bans the trade of fish, wildlife and plants that are illegally taken, transported or sold.
Guide and client Jay Myers of Alabama, client Matt Woods of Alabama and client Greg Voliva of North Carolina each was convicted of a misdemeanor Lacey Act violation.