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Fewer moose tags, more bighorn sheep available to hunters in 2017; Price Lock fails

Fewer hunters will get to pursue moose in Idaho the next two seasons.
Fewer hunters will get to pursue moose in Idaho the next two seasons. Idaho Statesman file photo

Idaho Fish and Game has adopted new rules for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats for the 2017-18 hunting seasons.

Included was a reduction in moose tags by 68 (45 antlered, 23 antlerless) and an increase in bighorn sheep tags by eight (six Rocky Mountain, two California).

A total of 805 moose tags and 99 bighorn sheep tags will be issued each year in 2017-18.

The mountain goat total remains 50.

For a breakdown of the changes, click here.

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Fish and Game’s new pricing model rejected

Two Idaho Fish and Game legislative proposals won’t receive a hearing, Fish and Game said in a press release. The proposals were returned to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission by Rep. Marcus Gibbs, R-Grace. Grace chairs the House Resource and Conservation Committee.

The rejected proposals included the Price Lock pricing structure, which would have increased fees for new buyers and non-residents but allowed residents who buy every year to lock in their current prices.

Idaho Fish and Game has been trying to increase revenue since 2014 but has had no success. That’s at least in part due to the department’s refusal to sell Legislature-authorized auction tags to the highest bidder.

The other proposal denied would have extended the window for landowners to report for compensation damage to crops caused by big game.