Gov. Butch Otter is accepting applications to fill spots on the seven-member Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Applications are due by May 9, and the new commissioners will be appointed July 1.
To be appointed, a person must be a resident of the Southwest or Southeast regions and be well informed and interested in wildlife.
Anyone interested can contact Ann Beebe in the governor's office at 334-2100 or at email@example.com.
Outgoing commissioners are Bob Barowsky of the Southwest Region, and Randy Budge of the Southeast Region.
Both commissioners have served two terms, which is the limit under state law.
Each newly appointed commissioner must be confirmed by the Idaho Senate, which will occur in the next legislative session. Appointment by the governor does not guarantee Senate confirmation.
The F&G commission is responsible for overseeing the fish and game policy of Idaho, as well as setting hunting and fishing seasons and bag limits.
Major duties and responsibilities of the commission are to supervise the director of the Department of Fish and Game; and establish and oversee rules for fishing, hunting, trapping and wildlife management in line with the state's wildlife policy.
The commission also approves department budgets to submit to legislators, conducts public hearings and makes decisions about managing the state's wildlife.
Commissioners do not receive a salary, but are reimbursed for travel expenses and provided per diem while attending commission meetings.
Fish and Game commissioners are appointed for staggered four-year terms, and no more than four commissioners may be from the same political party.
Barowsky is a Democrat and Budge is a Republican. Three Republicans and two independents remain on the commission. That means no more than one of the new commissioners can be a Republican.
To learn more and see the current commission, go to fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission.