Eye On Boise

Idahoans hunting, fishing more in down economy

Fish and Game officials say sales of fishing and hunting licenses to state residents have remained steady despite Idaho's shaky economy, the AP reports. Fish and Game Director Cal Groen told the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this morning that as the economy worsens, people want to connect with nature through hunting and fishing. He said the state sold 1.3 million licenses and tags in 2008, and sales of fishing licenses increased 6 percent in the fall. Meanwhile, license sales from people coming from outside Idaho have decreased, which Groen attributed to the wolf's effect on elk herds, not the economy.

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