Man pleads guilty to illegal outfitting
June 1, 2022
Jody K. Hansen (52), from Rudyard, plead guilty to two counts of outfitting without a license in Hill County.
In 2019, wardens began investigating Dogwood Hunting, the private lands outfitting business run by Hansen south of Rudyard, under the suspicion that Hansen was illegally taking some of his hunting and fishing clients on related activities outside his private land.
During the investigation, wardens found that Hansen and his associate, Robert Spicher (56) of Hingham, outfitted fishing trips along the Marias and Missouri Rivers and hunts on adjoining private and public properties, in pursuit of deer and waterfowl, that they did not have the proper (off property) outfitting license for.
Hansen was ordered to pay $2,760 in fines and restitution, lost his fishing privileges for six months, and hunting privileges for twelve months.
Spicher plead guilty to one count of guiding without a license. He was fined $135 and ordered to pay restitution of $100.
This investigation was a cooperative effort between wardens in FWP Regions 4 and 6. Wardens would like to thank the Hill County Attorney’s Office for their work on this case.
Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668) or report to https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpPub/tipmont. People providing information may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.