Why does the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) continue to release pen-raised pheasants on a Bureau of Reclamation wildlife tract in Minidoka County when no one pays for the product? In order to hunt pen-raised pheasants on nine wildlife management areas in the state (Niagara Springs in this region), hunters older than 17 must pay $23.75 for a permit that allows the taking of two roosters per day, and a possession limit of six birds.
This statewide program has never paid for itself, and yet IDFG throws out birds for free in Minidoka County. Why is there a special bonus for residents of only one county (or are there more)? A recent article in the Times-News stated that 360 roosters would be released in Minidoka County. The last I knew, each pen-raised rooster pheasant cost IDFG about $19. If that agency is going to throw away $6,840, it’s no wonder this program loses money.
Mike Todd, Twin Falls