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Bill to bar Fish & Game from regulating hunters on ATVs heads to full House

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game would be barred from telling big-game sportsmen where they can hunt with motorized vehicles under a bill heading to the House floor. The House Resources Committee voted Monday to advance legislation curtailing the agency's power to relegate ATV-mounted hunters to established roads in designated areas. Under existing rules, Idaho requires hunters on public land in a third of the state's 99 hunting units to stay clear of trails reserved for unarmed ATV riders. But Midvale Rep. Judy Boyle says the Idaho Department of Fish and Game doesn't have the statutory authority to impose such restrictions. The department opposes the bill. Other opponents worry the bill would create conflicts between traditional hunters and those using ATVs and lead to overharvest of deer and elk.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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