On April 18, 2017, Senior Conservation Officer Brian Marek received a Citizen’s Against Poaching complaint from a concerned citizen who had seen pictures of Sanela Hubijar posing with a snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and what appeared to be a hen wild turkey on her Facebook page.
Officer Marek investigated and determined that on April 16, 2017, Hubijar shot and killed a ruffed grouse and a snowshoe hare while on a turkey hunt with her husband in the Ola area of Southwest Idaho. The season for these two upland game animals was closed during the turkey season.
It was also determined that Sanela’s husband killed a hen wild turkey. Only turkeys with a beard may be harvested. A beard is a group of modified feathers on the breast of the turkey that protrude through the body feathers. Usually only male or tom turkeys have beards, but occasionally a hen will have a beard.
Sanela said she did not know there was a season on birds and had been told by friends that the rabbit season was open all year. Her husband said the hen turkey had a small beard, and the carcass had been thrown in the trash and the trash was picked up that morning.
Officer Marek issued Sanela a citation for taking a ruffed grouse during a closed season and a written warning for taking a snowshoe hare during a closed season. The hen turkey could not be determined as illegal, so no action was taken.
Sanela Hubijar pled guilty and was fined $168.