BOISE — Gov. Butch Otter is accepting applications to fill two positions on the seven-member Idaho Fish and Game Commission, Idaho Fish and Game announced Monday.
One would replace Commissioner Bob Barowsky of the Southwest Region and the other would replace Randy Budge of the Southeast Region. To be appointed, a person must be a residence of those areas and be well informed and interested in wildlife conservation and restoration.
Applications via email must be received by the governor's office by May 9, or postmarked by May 9 if sent by regular mail.
Fish and Game commissioners are appointed by the governor for staggered four year terms — no more than four commissioners may be from the same political party. Each commissioner must be confirmed by the Idaho State Senate. The commission is responsible for overseeing the fish and game policy of Idaho, as well as setting hunting and fishing seasons and bag limits.
Commissioners meet in January, March, May, July and November of each year. In recent years the complexity of wildlife and fisheries management has made special sessions necessary in addition to the quarterly meetings.
Major duties and responsibilities of the commission are to supervise the director of the Department of Fish and Game; establish rules and other needed controls on fishing, hunting, trapping and wildlife management in line with the state's wildlife policy; approve department budgets for submission to the legislature; conduct public hearings and make decisions on managing the state's wildlife.
For details go to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/.