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Iowa YouTubers plead guilty to involvement in massive poaching scandal

ByMary M. Ward

Oct 31, 2022

Josh and Sarah Bowmar have nearly 300,000 subscribers on Youtube with a hunting-based channel. The top eight videos on the Ankeny couple’s channel, Bowmar Bowhunting, have all received over a million views, with 11 reaching over half a million people.

Additionally, they have 335,000 subscribers on instagram and their own website where they sell goods.

With this level of reach, you’d think these people would take every precaution to make sure they were doing everything from properly purchasing the correct hunting tools, licenses, and beacons.

Apparently the Bowmars aren’t of the same mind as you and me.

WHO13 clarifies, saying, “Josh and Sarah Bowmar were charged in 2020 in connection with the largest poaching sting in Nebraska history. The Bowmars conducted hunts with Hidden Hills Outfitters near Broken Bow, Nebraska… Court documents show the Bowmars purchased hunting and guiding services from Hidden Hills for the purpose of acquiring wildlife against Nebraska regulations.Some of the allegations against the outfitter claim they violated hunting regulations. wildlife bait The Bowmars were also accused of hunting turkeys without a license and transporting game across state lines.

Earlier in October, the couple decided to plead guilty to breaking the Lacey Act, which is described by ForestLegality.org as “a law of the United States that prohibits the trafficking in fish, wildlife, or plants illegally taken, possessed, transported, or sold”.

In the plea agreement, four other charges were dropped, according to the WHO13. Among those charges was wildlife baiting.

The most dramatic consequences the Bowmars could face would be a year in prison, a year on supervised release and a $100,000 fine. Their sentence will be determined on January 12, 2023.

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