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Negotiated Rulemaking Process

Sunday, May 24, 2015 

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is authorized to establish seasons and rules. Setting the season includes setting season timing and length, species and sex of animal (or fish), size of animal, and number of animals. Season regulations do not require legislative approval. But, all other rules passed by the Commission, such as legal equipment definitions, controlled hunt requirements, allowable method of take, and tag quotas are considered rules and must be adopted following the Idaho Administrative Procedure Act, including approval by the Idaho Legislature whose guidance is that formal negotiated rulemaking should be followed whenever feasible.

Public comment is an important part of rule development and will be used to determine feasibility of negotiated rulemaking. Please be aware that public comments will become part of the official public record. If you are interested in providing comments on one or more of the following proposals, you may do so by submitting your comments in writing to the person identified as the primary contact.
 
 
Current Rule Proposals
Proposal / Description Supporting Information Links Status Primary Contact
Mandatory Trapper Education
 — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game offers a voluntary trapper education course that is similar to the mandatory hunter education course. The voluntary course teaches ethics, responsibility, techniques, species identification, and wildlife management principles. In response to public comment by both trappers and outdoor recreationists who participated in regional workshops and testified at Fish and Game Commission hearings, the Commission is now considering a proposal to develop a mandatory trapper education course so all trappers have the same level of exposure to ethics, responsibility, and non-target avoidance as a minimum.
Comment period closed April 30, 2015 Brenda Beckley
Hunter Education and Recruitment Manager
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
208-287-2884
Brenda Beckley
Rescind the Hagerman Goose Hunting Closure
 — The Department proposes to rescind the goose hunting closure in the Hagerman Valley in Gooding and Twin Falls Counties. This proposal would not affect the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Closure, which is closed to the taking of any waterfowl, including geese and ducks. The area currently closed to goose hunting in the Hagerman Valley is open for duck hunting and has been for decades.
Comment period closed February 25, 2015 Toby Boudreau
Regional Supervisor
Idaho Fish and Game
324 South 417 East, Suite 1
Jerome, Idaho 83338
208-324-4359
Unlimited Controlled Hunts: First Choice Only
 — The Department is proposing a rule change to allow the Fish and Game Commission to designate specific Unlimited Controlled Hunts as “first-choice only” during the controlled hunt application process. If unlimited controlled hunts were available only as a first-choice hunt, there would likely be fewer applicants for the hunts, so the unlimited number of tags could be maintained and any hunter who selected that hunt as their first choice could still apply and be assured of drawing.
Comment Period Closed July 23, 2014 Jon Rachael
State Wildlife Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
208-334-2920
Landowner Appreciation Program — Version 2
 — Landowner's immediate family members are described as: wife, husband, child, mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, stepchild, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
Comment Period Closed June 6, 2014

LAP Survey Summary Report
[PDF, 1.3 MB]
Brad Compton
Assistant Chief Wildlife
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
208-334-2920
Landowner Appreciation Program
 — Changes to chapters 4 and 8.
 Draft

Comment Period Closed January 22, 2014

View all submitted comments.
[PDF, 3.5 MB]
Brad Compton
Assistant Chief Wildlife
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
208-334-2920
The Taking of Upland Game Birds
 — Address safety concerns for the taking of upland game birds on Wildlife Management Areas.
Draft

Comment Period Closed Feb 26, 2014

Jeff Knetter
Upland Game & Migratory Bird Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
208-334-2920
Bear Baiting
 — Address safety concerns by reducing potential for food conditioning and creation of nuisance bears in grizzly bear habitat where it is currently legal to use bait to hunt black bears in eastern Idaho.
Withdrawn

Comment Period Closed January 22, 2014

View all submitted comments.
[PDF, 1 MB]
Jon Rachael
State Wildlife Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
208-334-2920

Last Updated: May 1, 2015 
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