UPDATE and Action needed! Hearing on HB468 tomorrow!
Attention Waterfowl and Turkey Hunters!
Right now there are two bills in the Idaho Legislature House Resources and Conservation Committee that will affect waterfowl and turkey guiding and outfitting in Idaho.... among other things.
A background for each bill is provided at the bottom, but contact information with a sample letter is provided at the top.
Email addresses to send to are:
PLEASE include your name and address at the top of the email. If you are in the district of one of these house members it will help.
Also please feel free to email your specific legislators with the same information. You can use this PDF to find your district: http://legislature.idaho.gov/about/idmap2.pdf
Then can use this PDF to find your legislators email, address or phone based on your district number: http://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninf ... ectory.pdf
. Every district should have 1 senator and 2 representatives.
Sample letter below:
Dear House Representatives on the Resource and Conservation Committee:
I oppose HB468 and support HB469. Please continue regulation of outfitted and guided activities on all lands and waters. Please do not allow any expansion on waterfowl and turkey outfitting and guiding.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Background of both bills:
1. HB468 (Private land outfitting bill)http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/H0468.htm
This bill is being brought forward by the Farm Bureau and is intended to remove all authority for the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board on private land. The result of this bill would be to exempt private landowners and their employees who provide guiding and outfitting services on their private land from, among other things, all licensing, bonding, insurance, operations, and performance requirements. This means private land would become a "free for all". All forms of outfitting and guiding could exist with no regulation. This does not apply to just waterfowl and turkey! I support private land rights, but commercialized hunting of the public’s game should have regulation, even if it occurs on private land. I also believe that outfitters and guides regulation provides a form of safety for the public. Would we not require daycare centers to have licenses just because they are on private land?? Private landowners are free to charge trespass fees for any activity today. No new regulation is needed to support that.
Bill is currently in House Resources and Conservation Committee. A bill hearing is scheduled on Tuesday February 25th at 1:30pm in room EW40 of the Capitol Building. Please email/call/fax the committee members and urge them to not support this bill. You can also attend the meeting and testify if desired.
2. HB469 (Waterfowl and turkey outfitting and guiding bill)
This bill is to prevent the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board from issuing any more licenses for waterfowl or turkey outfitting. http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/H0469.htm
Bill is currently in the House Resources and Conservation Committee. No hearing is scheduled at this time. I urge you to contact the committee and ask them to have a hearing and support this bill. Waterfowl and turkey guiding and outfitting in Idaho is not needed. We have limited access for the non-outfitted sportsman and this will just make it worse.