WOW, where has everyone been. As duck hunter says, ya don't have to be even an employee. Duck hunter, myself and a few others busted butt last spring/winter with legislators, input, Fish and Game and a ton of others writing legislators, Governor, etc etc, and the legislation that a few water fowlers submitted got shot down and the chance of getting this reversed is null to zero. After the repercussions that many got from pushing this issue to get it stopped, don't count on it guys. There was/is a lot of big talk from some legislators, but when it came to the vote time, many of them turned on us and didn't support it. Farm Bureau backed the current legislation because it pertained to private lands, and in this State, you are not going to beat the Farm Bureau or the amount of money they dump into the legislators pockets in this state. No matter what you say, beg, or promise, its not going to happen. Even the Outfitters and Guides Board fought this one to stop the guiding, at least without a guide license and they couldn't stop it.
So, if anyone thinks different, wait till you try and find some of your old hunting grounds starting this year and your going to find money scooping it all up and your going to be out.
Some of us tried to keep everyone on board with this last fall, but apparently if fell on deaf ears. Not that it would make any difference, but, its over and will never change. And I hate to say never, but, from the amount of time Duck Hunter spent at the legislators meetings, time off work, etc, he was about the only one to show up and voice his opinion and that of water fowlers state wide against this proposal.
Good luck to everyone and hope it doesn't affect you much, but, my gut feeling is, it will start this fall.
Oh, and one last thing, there are four (4) grandfathered waterfowl guides in East Idaho, not 3