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E. Idaho outfitter gets prison for illegal guiding

December 7, 2011

From IdahoPress.com

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A hunting and fishing outfitter from Soda Springs has been ordered to spend 30 months in federal prison for illegally leading clients on a mule deer hunt three years ago and failing to divulge important information in a 2005 bankruptcy case.

A federal judge Wednesday also barred Sidney Davis, 46, from hunting, fishing and guiding clients anywhere in the world for three years after his release from prison.

Davis, the former operator of Trail Creek Lodge who once accused former NBA star Karl Malone of bribery, pleaded guilty in May to guiding clients from Nevada on an illegal hunt on public and private land in October 2008.

Investigators claimed Davis and one of his employees guided the hunters over a five-day period and arranged to have meat from a mule deer shot during the hunt shipped back to Las Vegas.

Davis was charged with leading guiding and outfitting those clients without a valid license as required under Idaho fish and game regulations.

In his Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, Davis pleaded guilty to falsely omitting important information from documents. Investigators say Davis failed to list creditors who had claims against him and mentioning that he had transferred 21 acres of land within a year before filing for bankruptcy.

Davis has operated Trail Creek Lodge near Soda Springs since 1993, but his outfitting and guiding license was revoked in 1996 by state officials after admitting to other hunting and guiding violations.

"Mr. Davis repeatedly showed disrespect for the law and for judicial process," said U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson. "Protecting our natural resources and ensuring that hunters and guides follow fish and wildlife laws is vital to all Idahoans."

In 2006, Davis attracted national attention when he accused Malone, a former Utah Jazz basketball player, of offering to pay $25,000 if Davis would protect him during an alleged illegal hunt in 1998. That case was later dismissed by an Idaho judge.

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