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Texas man, ex-Nebraska outfitter sentenced in hunting sting

Posted at 1:41 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 14:41:16-04

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — OA Texas man and former central Nebraska hunting guide has been sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay more than $80,000 in fines and penalties for his part in an illegal hunting operation.

Jordan Cook, 32, of Boerne, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday in Omaha’s federal court after he pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of illegally killing and interstate trafficking of wildlife in violation of federal law, federal prosecutors said in a news release.

The charges stem from an investigation into Hidden Hills Outfitters near Broken Bow, which has been accused of a slew of hunting violations, including hunting deer and turkey in baited areas, from a public road, at night, without valid permits, in excess of bag limits and with prohibited weapons.

Cook was also accused of illegally transporting deer hides and antlers across state lines to a taxidermist in Colorado.

To date, 25 people have pleaded guilty in the case and have been ordered to pay more than $240,000 in fines and restitution.