Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fish and Game: Sale of Hunting Tags Down, Dead Wolves Up

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Since the agency doesn't receive general-fund dollars from the state of Idaho, Fish and Game officials are worried.

The Times News reports this morning, that Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore has told lawmakers that his department is selling fewer hunting tags to nonresidents. Additionally, Fish and Game is selling a higher proportion of discounted tags to seniors. As a result, according to Moore, his depatment has seen a recent revenue drop of approximately $200,000. Moore said with baby boomers continuing to age, he expected the trend to continue.

Moore also briefed the Idaho Legislature on the Gem State's most-recent wolf hunt. To date, Moore said at least 206 wolves had been killed by hunters, and trappers have killed an additional 60. That's nearly 100 more than the state's first official wolf hunt two years ago. Moore wants to spend approximately $100,000 in dedicated funds to continue managing the hunts.

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