Public Feedback - 2018 Proposed Big Game Grizzly Bear Season

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Overview

Hunting is part of the grizzly bear conservation strategy and consistent with the management of bears in the greater Yellowstone area outside of the park and in eastern Idaho.

Idaho Fish and Game is proposing a hunting season on the recovered Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem based on an agreement with Montana and Wyoming. Idaho has the smallest portion of land in the grizzly’s range outside of Yellowstone National Park, and the hunting opportunity will always remain relatively small compared to the other states.

Grizzlies in northern Idaho remain under federal protection.

Season Setting Overview

Idaho's season setting process includes establishing proposed rules and methods to legally harvest wildlife. Generally, the season setting process includes: a) seasons, b) rules, and c) a fair opportunity to participate. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will hear these proposed rules, along with the public feedback at an upcoming Commission meeting.

a) Seasons are the dates, locations, and limits to which a hunter can pursue a quarry.

b) Rules are established to determine the weapons, restrictions, and circumstances for a hunter.

c) A fair opportunity to participate in the hunting opportunity is achieved by selling tags and, in limited opportunity situations, by establishing a random drawing to select participants.

The proposed rules, controlled hunt drawing, and season are proposed to establish the boundaries of ethics, safety, and fair chase.

 

Public Meetings

Idaho Falls
April 17, 6:30 p.m.
College of Eastern Idaho
1600 South 2500 East
John Christofferson Multi-Purpose Building Cafeteria, Building #3
Boise
April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Riverside Hotel
2900 W. Chinden Blvd
Understanding the formatting
  • Existing hunting big game hunting rule
  • New rule proposed for grizzly bears

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Public comment period closes at end of day on May 3, 2018