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Negotiated Rulemaking Process

Tuesday, September 1, 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.
 
 
Rule Proposals
Proposal / Description Supporting Information Links Status Primary Contact
Bear Baiting: Align Distance Baits May be Placed From Water and From Any Maintained Trail or Any Road
 — The current rule (IDAPA 13.01.17.100.02) requires that all bear baits cannot be located within 200 feet of any water (still, flowing, springs) or within 200 yards from any maintained trail or any road. The proposed change to this rule would make the distances consistent so that baits may be located at least 200 feet from roads and maintained trails rather than the current minimum distance of 200 yards from any roads or maintained trails. In addition, a proposed change is that “any roads” would be revised to “established roads”, which is defined in IDAPA as any road that is established, built, maintained, approved or designated by any governmental entity or private landowner for the purpose of travel by full-sized automobiles. An established roadway shows evidence of repeated use by full-sized automobiles, and may include a traveled way of natural earth with depressed wheel tracks and little or no vegetation in the wheel tracks (IDAPA 13.01.08.411.03).
Comment period closed July 23, 2015 Jon Rachael
State Wildlife Game Manager
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
208-334-2920
Allow the Removal of the Heads and Tails of Trout, Bass and Tiger Muskie for Transit or While in the Field
 — Currently, the rule (IDAPA 13.01.11.104.02) makes it illegal to remove the heads and tails from harvested trout, bass and tiger muskie. We are proposing to allow removal of the heads and tails from these fish while in the field or in transit if certain conditions are met.
Comment period closed July 23, 2015 David Parrish
Fishery Program Coordinator
Idaho Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
208-287-2773
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: July 23, 2015 
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