HB 230 Combines Price Lock and Depredation Management / Access Fee
The Senate voted 34 - 0 in favor of House Bill 230, which now goes to the governor.Updated Mon., March 17
House Bill 230
HB 230 is one bill with two different revenue components. It would raise an estimated $5 million in annual revenue with funds dedicated to specific uses.
The proposal would increase resident fees and tags by 20 percent and would take effect when Fish and Game's 2018 licenses go on sale in December. However, under Price Lock, the Fish and Game Commission would issue a discount order so residents could exempt themselves from the fee increase by purchasing and maintaining an annual license starting in 2017. This way they would ‘lock in’ at current prices for resident licenses and tags and if they continue buying an annual resident license, the locked in price is good for at least the next 5 years and until legislative review is complete.
The Price Lock fee increase would generate an estimated $3 million in additional revenue to be used for activities such as:
- Modernize hatcheries and increase fish production
- Conduct more big game population surveys
- Spend more to improve and maintain public shooting ranges
- Conduct more enforcement patrols
- Increase fish and wildlife predator management and noxious weed control
Depredation Management/Access Fee and Benefits
This proposal includes an annual $5 surcharge for adult resident hunters, anglers and trappers, and a $10 surcharge for nonresidents to purchase annual hunting, fishing or trapping licenses.
The fee would be paid when you buy your first annual license of the year. It would not apply to any additional annual license purchased later that year.
The Depredation/Access fee would generate an estimated $ 2 million annually. The funds would go to these dedicated uses.
- $500,000 more funding to pay compensation claims for damages caused by wildlife
- $500,000 more funding to prevent crop and forage damage from big game herds
- The remaining $1 million would be used to provide access to land from willing landowners for hunting and fishing
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recognizes that by managing for abundant big game herds, there is also a responsibility to address impacts those herds cause to privately owned farms and ranches. Also, hunting and fishing access programs for easements and access agreements are a high priority for sportsmen and sportswomen.