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Former Idaho F&G chief opposes HJR2aa, the right to hunt, fish and trap amendment

The Boise Guardian reports today that retired Idaho Fish & Game Director Steve Huffaker has come out against HJR2aa, the right to hunt, fish and trap constitutional amendment on the November ballot, and raised questions about the inclusion of a clause about water rights, which was among various changes made to the bill during the legislative process. “I see no valid reason to amend the constitution,” Huffaker told the Guardian. “We opposed similar attempts for 10 years. And now they have inserted the water language which is certainly not good news for fish.” You can read the Guardian's full post here. The current Idaho Fish & Game Commission has endorsed the measure.

Right to hunt, fish and trap amendment on ballot stirs debate

Idaho has a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to enshrine a right to hunt, fish and trap in the state Constitution - a concept that likely would generate virtually no opposition in the outdoorsy state but for the specific inclusion of trapping. Thirteen other states have passed right-to-hunt-and-fish amendments, all but one of them in the past 15 years; three others besides Idaho - Kentucky, Nebraska and Wyoming - are considering them in November. But only five states have specifically protected the right to trap.

Click here to read my full story from Sunday's Spokesman-Review, which explores the debate over trapping in Idaho; click below for a letter from a reader who maintains the wording of the amendment itself raises concerns for hunters, aside from the trapping issue.

Fish & Game Commission endorses right-to-hunt constitutional amendment

The Idaho Fish & Game Commission has come out in favor of HJR2aa, the constitutional amendment on the November ballot guaranteeing a right to hunt, fish and trap; you can read the commissioners' letter here. The constitutional amendment, which just needs a majority vote in November to pass, was the subject of much debate during the legislative session as its wording was refined, but the final version passed both houses with little opposition. You can read a backgrounder on the measure here in the Spokesman-Review's Election Center.

Little-noticed constitutional amendment clarifies probation management in Idaho

There's a little-noticed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot in Idaho regarding misdemeanor probation services. SJR 102 adds one word, “felony,” to the section in the Idaho Constitution on management of adult probation in the state, to reflect current practice and clarify that counties manage misdemeanor probation, while the state Corrections Department handles felony cases. Dan Chadwick, executive director of the Idaho Association of Counties, says the change is needed: “Ballot measures don't have to be controversial to be important,” he said. Click below for a guest opinion he distributed to Idaho newspapers today urging support for the measure.

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

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