Idaho Wildlife Auction Bill Faces Hunter Backlash
The Idaho legislature is considering a bill that would expand the use of wildlife auction in an effort to boost revenue for the Department of Fish and Game. However, not everybody is on-board with the plan, and the DFG is opposing the bill. The Republic is running a story on the bill and the opposition to the bill.
Despite what the state Fish and Game Commission says would be a welcome cash infusion, it opposes the measure in part because of discontent over exclusive tags from some hunters who aren't wealthy enough to participate in such auctions, yet want the same access to a public resource. "We heard a rising tide of discontent in terms of feedback from some of our sportsmen," Sharon Kiefer, Fish and Game's assistant director of policy, told the House committee during its hearing on Thursday.