No More Hunting For Idaho Man
Roger J. Woodworth bought a hunting license, then applied and won the lottery for either sex bighorn sheep in Montana. Sounds like a dream come true. The hunting license Woodworth purchased was a resident Montana license - Woodworth resides in Idaho.
The hunt occurred in 2009 in unit 482 with Woodworth bagging a trophy ram. In 2010, a tip was called in and the investigation into Woodworth's residency began. Leaving the only thing to be confiscated, the ram's mounted head.
Woodworth was charged with unlawful possession of a trophy bighorn sheep, a felony, and hunting bighorn sheep without a valid license, a misdemeanor. In the plea agreement, Woodworth has to:
- Pay a fine of $735 plus court costs of $75.
- Pay $12,395 restitution to the state.
- Give up his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for life.
- Give up the bighorn sheep mount.
This was not Woodworth's only case of illegally buying a resident hunting license. As part of a plea deal for the state to drop the felony charges Woodworth pled guilty and paid $600 for illegally purchasing resident licenses in Missoula and Lewis and Clark counties. From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.