Are Bonus Points the answer?
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has seriously considered point systems in the past, most recently in 2005 and 2010. In 2005, the Commission adopted a point system contingent on the Idaho Legislature passing a law that allowed the Fish and Game Department to charge a small surcharge on each application to cover the cost of implementing the system. The legislature debated a bill, but eventually rejected it and the point system was not implemented. In 2009, the legislature passed a law that allowed the Department to charge no more than $4.50 per controlled hunt application to fund a point system should the Commission implement one. In 2010, the Fish and Game Department proposed implementing a bonus point system (very similar to Nevada’s).
Ultimately, the Commission failed to accept the proposal. The Commission cited several reasons for not adopting a point system, including: 1) adding increased complexity to the licensing system, 2) impact on casual/youth hunters that would be disadvantaged by a point system, and 3) responding to substantive public perception that the Department was proposing a point system simply to increase revenues. Additionally, comment received during the public scoping process indicated broad public disagreement on the specifics of any single system. Areas of disagreement: bonus points vs. preference points, whether a point-only option should be implemented, which hunts or what species should the system apply to, and whether a point system should be mandatory or voluntary.
The report prepared for the commission is available here: Idaho Bonus Point System - [PDF, 500 kb]
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