Idaho Dust Up Over Fly-In Hunting
Several states have laws that prohibit a pilot or passengers from hunting in an area they just flew into on the same day. The idea is to prevent using airborne scouting to quickly zero in on game. Idaho has no such law on its books and recently Idaho House Majority Leader Mike Moyle proposed creating a pilot-hunting law in his state. However critics of the bill are zeroing in on Mr. Moyle's possible cronyism. The Republic has a report on the bill and the critics.
But at a hearing Wednesday, Idaho residents who fly to their hunts told the House Resources and Conservation Committee they suspect Moyle really aims to discourage them from touching down on a dry lake bed below Washington County's 4,026-foot Sugarloaf Summit. "This isn't about protection of animals, it's not about ethical hunting," said Toby Ashley, a Boise resident who hunts out of his single-engine Husky plane. "It's about access to public ground."