CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
December 9, 2010
By Ed Mitchell, IDFG
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, meeting in Jerome Nov. 18, adopted new seasons and rules for 2011-2012.
The rules come with two major changes: a new "newspaper" format for the rule brochure, and year-round seasons will be the rule, rather than the exception.
The open year-round-season
rule is a way to limit the number of rule exceptions, fisheries Chief Ed
Schriever told commissioners. Many
Special seasons and gear restrictions were maintained in rivers and streams where continued protection remains necessary to meet fishery objectives.
The rules and seasons also are presented regionally, which further reduces the number of exceptions. The result is a thinner book, and a format that fisheries managers think will be easier to understand.
Two other changes that have
raised some public concern affect the
This is a social issue balanced with biological issues, Southeast Region Commissioner Randy Budge said. In most years water drops about the middle of October and the river is reduced to channels in basalt. Some have raised legitimate concern with ethics.
"There is a perception that people take out big fish during the end of harvest season after water drops," Budge said. He proposed the earlier closure of the harvest season, which was adopted unanimously.
Upper Snake Region
Commissioner Cameron Wheeler said there is no question that
The new rules booklet should be available to the public by the end of the year.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting, Nov. 18, directed Fish and Game to develop rules for salvage of accidentally killed wildlife.
Current rules do not allow private citizens to salvage usable parts of accidentally killed wildlife, including road kill. Nor do rules allow commercial sale for salvaged parts.
The commission directed Fish and Game to develop rules that would allow public salvage for personal use and commercial salvage such as the pelts that could be salvaged and sold.
Assistant Director Sharon Kiefer presented an update on proposed legislation that would give the commission authority to create a mentored hunting program.
She also presented two
interstate projects involving
The projects, one involving
The projects would help ensure wildlife information is considered early in planning and decision making processes. And they allow states to develop a transboundary picture of crucial habitat and corridors across jurisdictions. They would look regionwide, rather than just statewide, include climate change adaptation strategies and develop a standard framework for mapping wildlife corridors.
The commission also adopted
the state's Bighorn Sheep Management Plan. Fish and Game Director Cal Groen
noted that the interest in hunting bighorn sheep in
Commissioners also adopted a
position statement on
The commission also does not support any "actions that curtail or limit hunting opportunities outside the primary conservation area, to enhance the expansion of grizzly bear populations," the statement says.
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