Right now, Idaho has just one auction, for bighorn sheep. But legislators want the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to auction three tags each for deer, elk and antelope, and one tag each for moose, mountain goat and sheep. But the F&G commission has been against more auctions for wealthy hunters, even at the cost of legislative approval of hunting license fee increases for the department.
To address concerns that the drawings for the most-wanted big-game tags aren’t fair, Idaho legislators propose to have a private contractor conduct the drawings or to even ban Idaho Fish and Game employees and commissioners from entering. But critics say those options are costly and unnecessary, and that excluding F&G commissioners would be a disincentive to take the volunteer position.
A yearling cougar, which was harvested near Weston last week by an unidentified hunter, had a separate set of teeth growing out the side of its forehead. The community of Weston is about 12 miles southwest of Preston near the Idaho/Utah border.
The elk was poached only for its antlers and left to waste. The headless body was found Sunday just above Ridge Road, north of Council. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game estimates the elk was killed Nov. 25 or 26, weeks after bull elk season closed in that area.
It wasn’t an average day at the office for Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer John McLain when he encountered a white-tailed buck tangled in baling twine, but his average days don’t go viral on the Internet, either.
About a week ago, a trophy mule deer buck was found dead along the Boise River near Linder Road, not far from Eagle Island State Park. The animal is believed to have died on or around Saturday, Nov. 7.