By Andrew Bottrell
A North Carolina couple who outfitted hunting trips in central Nebraska has been convicted of poaching.
Jason and Britney Edney, of Hendersonville, N.C., will both serve federal probation and pay fines for the offenses, after reaching plea deals.
According to a press release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Monday, with the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, investigators uncovered more than 25 instances of over-bagging or hunting turkeys without permits, 29 illegally taken deer, 17 instances of failing to check deer and five small games violations.
The incidents occurred in Frontier, Dawson, Keya Paha and Lincoln counties.
Jason Edney will be on five years of federal probation, which includes a ban on hunting, fishing and trapping. He will also pay $35,000 in restitution. Britney Edney will serve three years of probation, which includes a ban on hunting, fishing and trapping, with $10,000 in restitution.
Poaching is a violation of the federal Lacy Act which bans the trade of fish, wildlife and plants that are illegally taken, transported or sold.
Three other people involved, Jay Myers, of Alabama, Matt Woods, of Alabama, and Greg Voliva, of North Carolina were convicted of misdemeanor violations of the Lacey Act and ordered to pay fines and restitution.
The Edneys had been part of a reality TV series that had teams compete through hunting. Several of the illegal hunts were videotaped for the series, and footage was posted online to promote their outfitting business.