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North Carolina Hunting Couple Featured on Drury Outdoors Dream Season Face Multiple Game Charges

Jason and Britney Edney

Editor’s note: Drury Outdoors has produced an official response to this incident. See the bottom of the article for the full text.

Jason and Britney Edney of Henderson NC have been charged with multiple game violations according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nebraska;

Jason W. Edney age 35, and Britney J. Edney, age 29, both of Hendersonville, North Carolina, were charged with interstate transportation of an unlawfully killed deer. In Count I, Jason W. Edney is charged with the unlawful possession and transportation in interstate commerce from Nebraska to North Carolina of parts of an adult mule deer buck on or about September 25, 2009. Jason W. Edney did not have a valid Nebraska Hunting License. The maximum penalty for this count charged to Jason W. Edney is 1 year of imprisonment, a fine of $100,000, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Counts II and III of the indictment charge both Jason W. and Britney J. Edney with unlawful possession and transportation in interstate commerce from Nebraska to South Carolina on or about November 5, 2009, and December 17, 2009, respectively, parts of an adult white-tailed deer buck. Neither Jason W. or Britney J. Edney were in possession of a valid Nebraska Hunting License. The maximum penalty for these counts charged to Jason W. and Britney J. Edney is 1 year of imprisonment, a fine of $100,000, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Counts IV and V of the indictment charge Jason W. Edney with the sale and purchase of parts of an adult white-tailed deer buck, as well as, unlawful possession and transportation of said deer from Nebraska to North Carolina on or about October 13, 2010, and December 16, 2010, respectively. Jason W. Edney was not in possession of a valid Nebraska Hunting License. The maximum penalty for Counts IV and V charged to Jason W. Edney is 5 years of imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Jason & Britney were featured on Drury Outdoors Dream Season 4, the show pitted couples from across the country competing in filming their hunts. They also run a hunting lodge operation “Fur & Feather” in Nebraska that has been featured on Drury Outdoors.

Now let’s remember this is only a grand jury indictment to charge and not a conviction. I can’t help but notice that the press release notes a deer killed on or around September 25, 2009 and this deer posted with a story on Drury Outdoors on the September 27, 2009.

It had been a couple of days since we blew him out of the field but I figured he still had to be close. After a few hours of glassing I got lucky and stumbled on to him lying in his bed above the alfalfa. Everything was perfect for a stalk instead of letting him come to me so I started making my way to him. With any evening stalk the thought stayed in my mind that he was going to get up on his feet any minute and head to the field. Luckily though he stayed in his bed and I was inching within striking distance. I slowed to a snails pace because of the lack of cover but this time the stars aligned and I was within 30 yds of him in his bed. As I was preparing for the shot..up he came and bolted a few yards, but as a lot of mule deer do he had to stop and see what crawled up on him. That’s when the Bow Madness XL preformed flawlessly! In open country you need to take advantage of every opportunity when they present themselves even if that means stretching the yardage out farther than typical whitetail shot. It was a great feeling to watch the arrow sink into the spot and watch the buck fall.

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September 27 - Jason Edney Outdoors | Hunter: Britney Edney Animal: 142" Whitetail Location: Nebraska Weapon: PSE X-Force

The next deer listed is November 5th 2009;

With nothing to lose I started hitting him with a grunt pretty hard. To my disbelief he turned on a dime and headed my way! The buck had a total attitude change and he was coming in to rip whoever was in there! I have to admit I panicked a little because I guess I figured he was going to just walk off like so many other buck have this week. When he got to 20 yds he checked up and turned to get a better look and that is when I made my shot. Well the shot was not perfect but I have to admit no practice will make you ready for that situation! The pro’s you see on TV make it look easy but standing on a 20” platform with that much adrenalin changes everything! After a long night and a long trailing job I found him and couldn’t be happier! Now its time to use my other tag on the drop tine deer!

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I’m in no way saying these are for sure the deer in question just that I found it odd they match up with the dates in the press release from the US District Attorney. I should also point out there was no deer posted that matched up with the December date. Additionally I’m not saying the Drury’s or Drury Outdoors has done anything wrong just that a lot of the information comes off their site and they clearly have a connection with Jason & Britney Edney prior to the hunts in question and recently with turkey hunts at Fur & Feather Outfitters.

I don’t get it, if the charges are true it means they didn’t have Nebraska hunting licenses? That doesn’t make any sense. I’m pretty careful to make sure I have my hunting license and my tags on my person before I head out. It’s not like these folks were hunting in an unusual place, they own a hunting lodge in Nebraska and did so for years before this crime was alleged to take place.

We’ll continue to keep following this story and see how it develops…

Editor’s note: Drury Outdoors has sent Outdoor Hub an official response to the incident, reproduced verbatim below:

Drury Outdoors has become aware of criminal charges being brought against Jason & Britney Edney claiming violations of Federal Gaming Laws. We have a passion for hunting and a deep appreciation for the conservation of our Natural Resources and the laws meant to protect them. While the Edneys have appeared in past production’s on a limited basis, their materials are not being used in current projects. Drury Outdoors takes these matters very seriously and will continue to promote the dignity and values of the sport we love.

-Mark & Terry Drury

This article was originally posted on the Moose Droppings blog.

Any views or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect those of OutdoorHub. Comments on this article reflect the sole opinions of their writers.
  • Mrscinidaho

    stupidity, LOTS of TV hunting shows end up being the  evidence convicting the “tv stars”  it just happened here – a guys said how you can go buy two deer tags and showed himself taking 2 deer.  Problem was he had only purchased 1 tag – DUHHHH…. no one is above the law if your going to publish it on the website and show it on tv you need to be legal.  As if that needs to be stated …. I guess it does though , right.

  • Hunter454

    I have known Jason for several years and he is a great guy. If these allegations are true, then he and his wife have certainly made a big mistake and they deserve to face the consequences.

    But remember, good people make mistakes every day.

    I’m not defending them if these allegations are true but let’s keep the charges in perspective. Besides, each of us has made mistakes far worse in our lives than a few hunting license violations. So be careful about judging people you’ve never met.

    • Murker

      Agreed. Moose Droppings did a pretty good job of explaining that it’s just a charge as of right now, and as with a couple of other recent incidents like this there’s been a lot more behind the story than originally lets on…

    • Murker

      Agreed. Moose Droppings did a pretty good job of explaining that it’s just a charge as of right now, and as with a couple of other recent incidents like this there’s been a lot more behind the story than originally lets on…

    • Djcheatwood

      Agreed. If they were hunting unlicensed, pay the fine or whatever, but the fine as stated is way to excessive for transporting a piece of deer meat. $500,000. That’s crazy!
      $250.00 plus no license for a few years would be plenty.

  • marineh2ominer

    If poaching is involved , I hope they get the book thrown at them , but on the other hand if it is just a case , as it often is , of a legal system run amuck then let me state the obvious , “ to protect and serve “ has morphed into ” to harase and intimidate ” , just as in the case where a hunter shot what appeared to be a polar bear but was crossed with a grizzly bear . I fear the American departments of injustice , at every level , far more than I fear ANY terrorists because our entire government is entirely out of control due to its unconstitutional power grabs and lack of real oversight by the American people . 

  • Howard

    How come deer hunters claim hunting helps “thin the herd”, yet they never kill the ones that need to be killed: the lame and sick. They only go after the healthy ones. Hypocrites.

    • Crabgrass1246

       What are you talking about.  It is rare to see lame and sick deer in the wild. I have been hunting for 30 years and have not seen a lame or sick deer yet. 

    • Jager

      The lame and the sick need to be killed by hunters?  Get an education. Lame and sick will die as nature so efficiently allows, and hunters kill the does to control population numbers and ratios. I repeat, get an education before commenting, the knowledge you aquire will be very interesting and enlightening.

      • Laden07

        PRETTY SURE ALL I SAW IN THAT PICTURE WERE BUCKS!!!!

      • THUMPURS

        BUCK OR DOE, THEY TASTE THE SAME!

      • Jasoninpdx

        Deer “haram” breed.  One mature buck will “claim” several if not more does per season.  So a less mature buck will be kicked to the curb as far as mating goes.  So thinning bucks is actually fairly important.  Most young bucks will never be “studs” even if they live long enough to be considered mature enough.  Actually, a large percentage of bucks will never grow more than 3 points (per side) no matter how old they get due to genetics. 
        Bucks are usually controlled to the number of does in an area.  Does are controlled by the amount of food and predation typically.  In farm lands, predation may be low and food plentiful so doe tags are more prevalent than they are in the national forest zones. 
        But you probably know all this already since you took the time to do so much research obviously.

    • steelheadjeff

      Why don’t you talk about something you know about, instead of shooting off your mouth about something you know NOTHING about!  Go back to school and learn when to shoot your dumb ass mouth off!

    • JamesJoyce2

      You are clearly wrong on that assumption.  To begin with many of the lame and sick are thinned out by predators like coyotes, wolves, etc.  Hunters often take the less desirable animals for just the reasons you state.

    • Djcheatwood

      Howard, it’s really pretty simple why hunters don’t kill many lame and sick deer. THEY DIE OF NATURAL CAUSES like DECEASE or COYOTES or COUGARS or the dreaded COLD WEATHER. However, if you watch the hunting shows on TV you will frequently see hunters taking inferior deer to strengthen the gene pool. If fact, many large hunting camps let handicapped kids, wounded veterans, etc., come in and take those animals for FREE. just sayin

    • Anon

      Coyotes & Wolves already do that job pretty well. You gotta get out in the woods more, amigo.

    • Jasoninpdx

       Predators like bears, cougars and coyotes hunt deer every day all day and night.  They pretty much take the weak.  (The healthy ones get away)  This is a complex system and is hard to grasp while you’re sitting in starbucks dreaming of your first Prius.

    • Hal

      Your are a freaking Idiot!! The weak will die and become food for other Animals.  The Weak do not mate!!!!! The healthy ones do!!!! It’s obvious that you have no real understanding of how nature works!!! So educate yourself before you speak again!!!

  • Ruler4You

    We see idiots where I live poaching all of the time. Either they don’t know about ‘licensing’ or they don’t care.

    But I can tell you that the game animal populations have been DRAMATICALLY reduced in direct proportion to the number Californians who have moved here.  As have the non game wild life numbers.

    I don’t believe, IMHBLO, that poachers get enough punishment. Even though they loose the privilege to hunt, their weapon and their vehicle as well as a fine.

    15 years ago a woman riding with her husband had her buckskin horse shot out from under her! the shooter said he thought “it was an elk.”

    Folks around these parts ride Elk an awful lot, just for recreation. It takes a lot to get one saddled, but once you one saddled the hard part “IS” over. I guess that’s what threw him. Of course, this last paragraph was sarcastic fabrication.

    If you can’t tell the difference between an Elk and a buckskin horse, you need to stay indoors. You have no business with a rifle off of a gun range. But with a human on the back of the animal, you might take a moment and consider “first blood” tradition may not be in your purview even if it “IS” an Elk. Since with out considerable work by a human, riding one would more than likely indicate ‘possession’ by that person. 

    • JamesJoyce2

      Sometimes I think outrageous acts like that are intentional and not really hunting “accidents.”  Either way, the perps should pay dearly for something like this.

  • Like2Hunt

    The report says ” valid” Nebraska Hunting License.  Makes me wonder if they had an resident(in-state) license and not a non-residents(out-of-state) license.  Big difference in cost; but the State goes by where you live not by where you own land.

    • David

       This seems most likely, I just can’t believe professionals would not have a hunting license and tags on their person while hunting.  They probably thought since they had a lodge in state they were considered “in state”.  Looking at their website it looks like landowners get a break $100 for non-residents  $15 for residents  seems hard to believe they really needed to save the $85 and if they did why wouldn’t the state just send them a letter saying you owe $85 a piece since you are technically non residents.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W2N7SRNAULYNIXEECQXNTXTTLM Rick

    A really bad attempt at advertising,piss off.I ain’t got no use for most hunting shows and i am a hunter!

    • madman10

       Ain’t got no use for good grammar neither, huh?

  • EthicalHuner

    Throw the book at them both. It’s just plain stupidity and arrogance to think they’re above the law.  And this is no mistake. It happen numerous times. The dummies just happened to get caught. Play fair, the world doesn’t need cheaters!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Fletcher/100002540985165 Bob Fletcher

    This sounds like a bunch of anti-hunt nonsense to me.

    Chances are; these guys know the law, & had the permits.  If they didn’t, how is the prosecution going to prove their case?

    They can not use photos, or postings on a website, as evidence; in a court of law.

    Bob Fletcher

  • JamesJoyce2

    I’d like to hear the other side of this story for one thing.  I’d also like to know why the US Attorney came to be involved in this.  In the state I live in, this would clearly be an issue for game wardens and would be prosecuted as violation of state law if there is anything to this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Tte/100000389787707 Tom Tte

      Transporting across state lines…

  • jeremy_hh

    I’d hit it.

  • Howard

    Definition of “hunt” per dictionary.com: to chase or search for (game or other wild animals) for the purpose of catching or killing
    Definition of “deer hunting” per observation:
    to lure deer to a small area with feed while sitting in a blind so that the feeding deer can be assassinated by someone who is hiding.

    • weRbroke

      it’s illegal to BAIT for deer in my state.

  • Fgf

    Hunter 454 is wrong. You don’t commit these violations without prior knowledge. Either that or they are just plain dumb as a box of rocks. Either way they should lose their hunting privaledges for at least five years. These people are a perfect example of what is wrong with and what has happened to hunting. It has become nascarified, as my brother calls it. Hunting shows used to be interesting and now they are just a bunch of hicks showing hunting in a bad light. They shows should be eliminated.

  • Dude

    Interesting that they face $.5M fine and a decade in jail…  But others in our society get away with publicly setting bounties on PEOPLE’S lives.

  • Fahrebruch

    BUT!!!    IT’S OK FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SELL GUNS TO THE Mexican drug cartels?????

  • rightangle

    Is it possible that they had Nebraska general hunting licenses, but not deer tags for a specific area?  Anybody familiar with the Nebraska licensing system?
    Also, the press release stated the couple was being charged with the “sale and purchase of parts of an adult white-tailed deer buck”.  Were they trying to sell the deer to someone in NC?

    • weRbroke

      perhaps selling antlers?  with the cabin decor crowd, items made from antlers are quite popular, and people do actually buy mounts at auctions.

  • RevB&C

    If they committed the crime I hope they are convicted and sentenced appropriately.  Too often it seems that people come in from out of state and illegally take game because they hunt on a land owner tag or some other such nonsense.  The punishment needs to be significant or they will just pay the fines and be back at it.  They should lose privileges for ten years in all states and not be allowed to apply for reinstatement until they have paid in full the fines.  “Everyone makes mistakes” is a week excuse.  Those who are in the spotlight of tv need to live by the highest standard because they are the ambassadors for our sport.

  • James13

    Damn liberal media, these people did nothing wrong

  • Cy

    1 year in prison, $100,000 fine??
    All this because someone killed legal game without the proper government paperwork?
    There is no way that is not cruel and unusual punishment to take a year of a human’s life away because of a stupid forest goat.

    • RevB&C

      I am not advocating excessive fines but they need to be pretty stiff.  Also the idea of them being locked up with drug dealers and violent criminals seems inappropriate.  We all have to live by the laws so that we can enjoy great hunting and other freedoms.  Ignoring laws or violating them simply leads to more laws…taking away more freedoms.  Do the right thing and you don’t have to worry about fines or prison.  Protect our sport by being people of integrity and respect.

  • EBTulsa

    The extent to which the author has referenced the Drurys in this is completely irresponsible. I can understand the factual references to the couple appearing on the show, and their lodge being featured, but to take it further with the posts and screen images of Mark is nothing but an attempt to stir the pot. 

    The Drury brothers are champions for our sport, and have never been associated with anything illegal or unethical. They’re all about fair chase, conservation, and introducing others to the sport of bowhunting. By tying their name to this, the author has served himself by getting his article picked up by Fox News, but he hasn’t done the world of hunting any favors.

    • JD

       My thoughts exactly. Propaganda by Skinny Moose to get web hits maybe?

  • Ljackso

    Play by the rules or stay home. Incidents like this make ALL hunters look bad. Greed is a terrible thing. May justice win out.

  • Adrub

     Sounds like a case of killing the King’s deer in the King’s forest….put them in jail for 10 years and fine them $500,000

  • Djbadback

    HE IS WHITE AND WAS DRUNK. HE DESERVED TO GET HIS AssKicked FOR RUNNING HIS MOUTH OFF!

    HE IS WHITE AND WAS DRUNK. HE DESERVED TO GET HIS AssKicked FOR RUNNING HIS MOUTH OFF!

    HE IS WHITE AND WAS DRUNK. HE DESERVED TO GET HIS AssKicked FOR RUNNING HIS MOUTH OFF!
    HE IS WHITE AND WAS DRUNK. HE DESERVED TO GET HIS AssKicked FOR RUNNING HIS MOUTH OFF!

    HE IS WHITE AND WAS DRUNK. HE DESERVED TO GET HIS AssKicked FOR RUNNING HIS MOUTH OFF!

    HE IS WHITE AND WAS DRUNK. HE DESERVED TO GET HIS AssKicked FOR RUNNING HIS MOUTH OFF!

    HE IS WHITE AND WAS DRUNK. HE DESERVED TO GET HIS AssKicked FOR RUNNING HIS MOUTH OFF!

    HE IS WHITE AND WAS DRUNK. HE DESERVED TO GET HIS AssKicked FOR RUNNING HIS MOUTH OFF!

  • del toranado

    tv shows and wanna bee’s are real fn up deer hunting period!

  • deepsky62

    There are alot of unethical activities swirling in the cesspool of TV hunting shows. Does any thoughtful hunter ever wonder how these guys get the most fabulous tags, and hunt year round on a “layman’s” budget?

     This issue speaks to a larger problem. These TV hunters are posing as the face of hunters in general. I never have two out of state tags for the same specie. If I did what would be the chance of harvesting two trophy class bucks? The averages don’t add up, and these shows are not reality.

     I know where these types hunt in my state, and it is not fair chase in most instances. This type of activity needs to go away for the sake of hunting, and the Drury empire needs to make a statement stating this.

     But, they won’t because they are in it for the money.

  • VAneighbor

    Are we going to ruin two people’s lives over a piece of deer meat?  Even if they are cleared they will face years of living in uncertainty and mountains of legal fees.  One of the main problems with this is that it could be any one of us……just one mistake and one could face years behind bars.   All this for a hunting license?  I thought he mentioned filling a tag?  Does not tags come with license?  The potential punishment outweighs the possible cirme in this case so much that it is scary!!

    • Cscarlson

      2009–what has taken so long.  Yes we should hold people responsible for their acts-especialy for a piece of deer meat.  There are plenty of laws that have been put into place by the people to protect the wildlife and all of us strive to abide by those laws.  These laws have provided for the plentiful wildlife we have today and no one is excempt from them.  Why should the rest of the hunting community suffer due to law breakers?  If this has gone federal shame on them for taking so long. But it doesnt change the charges and if true it is no different than traffic violations or domestic violence-laws are laws.  If they broke the law–throw the hammer to them; if they didnt break the law we should see public announcements from both sides.  Game violations are growing and the enforcements of these laws grows smaller and smaller due to less game wardens for probably any given state.  As with anything else that ever hits the media we are only getting a third of the story and its always set to the opinion of the writer and what they are after.  Lets not assume anything and see what happens.

  • Jasoninpdx

    “I’m in no way saying these are for sure the deer in question just that I
    found it odd they match up with the dates in the press release from the
    US District Attorney. I should also point out there was no deer posted
    that matched up with the December date.”

    Read again:

      “Counts IV and V of the indictment charge Jason W. Edney with the
    sale and purchase of parts of an adult white-tailed deer buck, as well
    as, unlawful possession and transportation of said deer from Nebraska to
    North Carolina on or about October 13, 2010, and December 16, 2010,
    respectively.”The December charge is when he allegedly transported or sold the same adult white-tail deer from October.

  • madman10

    Seems to me there’s something wrong with this case and it just doesn’t add up. A lot of people on here are convicting those people already without hearing the whole story. The guy DID say at the end of the story he was going to be able to use his other ‘TAG’, which would indicate he did have a license. I do not think anyone who knew they were going to be on a televised show AND who obviously had that much experience hunting would overlook a license considering all the other expenses that go into a hunt like that. Also, I do not think the show’s producers would have let that happen either, as they most likely would have thought they would be partially held responsible for it. This is turning out just like the Treyvon Mess where people are just ranting about how this is sooooooo wrong without even hearing ALL the story yet. Please people, reserve judgement until it’s over, and stop with all the knee-jerk-ing.

  • RM

    The whole story is bullshit. The nebraska wardens make all kinds of claims about everybody. If they don’t find a reason to bust you they make something up and lie out their ass to get some charges. I know jason and britney and know what is going on. Nebraska has the worst wardens out of any state. They will lie and threaten and harass anyone they can Including little kids. They don’t know the laws. The deer pictures are not of  any deer related to this story. They didn’t poach anything and had the right tags. I hope they sue the hell out of that dipshit warden that started all of this. Then I hope they tell nebraska to piss off and take their hunters and all that money to kansas or iowa.

  • DOD

    Drury Outdoors has become aware of
    criminal charges being brought against Jason & Britney Edney claiming
    violations of Federal Gaming Laws.  We have a passion for hunting and a
    deep appreciation for the conservation of our Natural Resources and the laws
    meant to protect them.  While the Edney’s have appeared in past
    production’s on a limited basis, their materials are not being used in current
    projects.  Drury Outdoors takes these matters very seriously and will
    continue to promote the dignity and values of the sport we love.  -Mark
    & Terry Drury

  • Kevin Kelly O’Brien

    If no licenses, and they did this for fortune and fame, throw the max at them and banned them for life. Because in that case they are just scumbags!

  • Vonperkins

    I believe they deserve their day in court. I also believe that if convicted of any and all charges they should be hit with the maximum allowable penalties as an example to themselves and others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oreillymike Mike OReilly

    “…the show pitted couples from across the country competing in filming their hunts.”
    I’ve shot deer with a cameraman by my side and I’m not against filming hunts. But whenever you start making COMPETITIONS out of anything there’s going to be cheating. People get desperate. They want to win. They want to get free gear. They want to be “America’s coolest hunting couple,” or whatever. Most people – hunters included – really don’t care who’s the greatest husband/wife hunting team. To me, the whole concept is a joke.