The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has seen a decrease of 3 million dollars since 2008. The marked decrease in revenue also shows a large decrease in non-resident hunters. The downturn of the economy has definitely sparked that loss, with less hunters traveling for their elk or deer harvests.
The lost revenue creates a double-edged sword as the Department of Fish and Game cuts back, there will be less in services. If there are no aerial surveys, the quotas will be smaller. The conservation mindset sets in when there is not a reliable survey on big game herd populations.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game is not the only one noticing lost revenue, the outfitters have fewer clients, and small towns lose revenue from fewer hunters as well. From IdahoStatesman.com .