Boise — Idaho Fish and Game is starting rule making for proposed changes and clarifications to the Landowner Appreciation Program and to create a new Private Lands Tag program. Fish and Game also proposes changes to bear baiting rules. All comments must be submitted on or before January 22.
Landowner tags The proposed changes to the Landowner Appreciation Program include clarifying rules on the application process, consistency in tag numbers and use of tags. Fish and Game also proposes creating a new Private Lands Tag Program, which would provide for reliable distribution of deer, elk and pronghorn tags to private landowners with greater than 5,000 private acres of habitat within a Game Management Unit. These tags would be restricted to private lands only.
Bear Baiting Fish and Game also proposes changes to bear baiting restrictions, requiring black bear hunters to use only natural baits in occupied grizzly bear habitat. This rule is intended to address public safety concern by reducing the potential of food conditioning to processed foods and other non-natural baits or garbage and creation of nuisance bears in occupied grizzly bear habitat.
More information and a complete proposed changes and how to submit comments, is available HERE.