WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014

Idaho House backs hunter ‘loyalty discounts’

HUNTING -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game won House approval to give hunters and anglers a break on their licenses, provided they buy them year after year. The agency needs approval from the state legislature to change hunting and fishing license fees. Representatives...

THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

Montana joins Idaho, Utah in hunt for federal lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Idaho is about halfway through its two-year investigation on whether it should try to take over federal lands within the state. Opinions vary dramatically on how much it would cost the state if it was able to pull this off. State residents...

THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

Studies conflict on whether Idaho would lose in federal lands takeover

PUBLIC LANDS -- Who do you believe on this issue? Analysis paints different picture of Idaho taking over federal lands The Idaho Conservation League released an economic analysis done by a Wilderness Society economist with a Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry that...


Idaho lawmakers get divided testimony on taking over federal lands

PUBLIC LANDS — A proposal by Idaho lawmakers to assume control of millions of acres of federal land statewide earned mixed reviews today, with supporters calling it an essential step to revitalizing rural economies and critics panning it as a financial boondoggle, according to a...


Could Idaho cover costs of managing federal lands?

PUBLIC LANDS -- A new report sheds light on the grim future of national forests, BLM lands and federal wildlife refuges if certain Idaho Legislators were to get their way. Report: Federal government spent $392M to manage lands in Idaho in 2012 As Idaho officials...

THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013

Idaho legislator goes from hike to bike

TRAILS – Idaho state Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, hasn’t given up his plan to travel the length of Idaho this fall by muscle power to promote trails, experience rural areas and raise funds for the Redside Foundation that supports the health of Idaho guides. But...

THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

State legislator hiking length of Idaho

TRAILS -- State Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, who was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in November, is attempting to hike a 950-mile route the length of Idaho in about 40 days. “Why did you run?” we asked the mountain climbing guide and outdoor...


Webcast: Idaho lawmakers eye takeover of federal lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal lands belong to every U.S. citizen, but the Idaho Legislature is attempting, and perhaps wasting a lot of time and money, to take charge of lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies. On Friday,...

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

Idaho lawmakers continue quest to take over federal lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Idaho state lawmkers supporting House Concurrent Resolution 22 say they don’t intend to sell off the federal land, but to manage it more efficiently. Many people in the realm of recreation are not fond of the idea of the state -- not...

MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

Idaho lawmakers want ultimate public handout: federal land

PUBLIC LANDS -- In another example of their self-centered approach to the outdoors and the world, Idaho lawmakers are suggesting they are going to waste state time and money making a stab and taking over federal lands within Idaho's borders. S-R Boise reporter Betsy Russell...


Idaho bighorns lack respect from state leaders

WILDLIFE -- Idaho's bighorn sheep are coveted by hunters, only a handful of which are allowed to hunt them each fall. They are a prize for wildlife viewers and a symbol of the wildness that set's Idaho apart from much of the world. Yet Idaho...

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Idaho lawmakers made wise choice on ATVs and hunting

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES -- Idaho recently came within an eyelash of stripping the Idaho Department of Fish and Game of the authority to regulate the use of all-terrain vehicles on public land during hunting seasons. An editorial in the Idaho Mountain Express notes that if the...


Idaho Legislature kills bills aimed at cyclists, ATV hunters

Two bills of interest to outdoor recreationists have died in the Idaho Legislature. Legislation that would have taken away the authority of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to regulate hunting with ATVs died in the state Senate on a 20-15 vote. See the...


Ban on two-abreast bicycling debated by Idaho Legislature

CYCLING -- The mantra of less government control in Idaho apparently doesn't apply to bicyclists. An Idaho representative wants to forbid bicyclists from riding two abreast as part of a bike-safety measure that would also require drivers to maintain a three-foot distance from cyclists when...

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Idaho sportsmen against landowner big-game tag bills

HUNTING -- Idaho sportsmen's opposition may have swayed the close vote to stop a bill to give landowners big-game tags they could sell. But another vote on a similar bill is brewing. Senate Bill 1282, sponsored by Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, would allow private landowners...


Legislature, chinook season covered at sportsmen’s breakfast

FISHING/HUNTING -- Speakers will provide updates on Idaho Legislature activity of interest to hunters and anglers, as well as an update on the spring chinook salmon forecast at the monthly Sportsman's Breakfast in Lewiston on March 6. Other presentations will cover big game issues and...

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012

Idaho Senate nixes sale of landowner hunt tags

HUNTING -- The Idaho Senate, in a rare 17-17 tie vote, killed a bill that sought to allow landowners to sell special hunting tags they receive because their properties provide important habitat for deer, elk, or pronghorn. The measure that died Wednesday was sponsored by...

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Idaho considers $10 voluntary pass to keep State Parks afloat

STATE PARKS -- The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is launching a new program that allows vehicle owners to voluntarily pay a $10 fee when they register their cars that gives them access to 30 state parks in an effort to raise money for...

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