Controlled hunts applications will be accepted until midnight Wednesday, June 2, 2004. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game extended the application period to accommodate people who were unable to apply over the weekend because of failures in the point of sale licensing system.
"We apologize for the inconvenience to anyone who was applying for a controlled hunt or buying a fishing license," said department director Steve Huffaker. "The license system went down completely on Monday and had some problems off and on over the weekend," Huffaker said.
Internet and telephone sales were not affected, but the point of sale system was affected by problems with hardware and satellite communication provided by a subcontractor to the developer of the license system.
"The developer of the license system, GTECH, assures us it is conducting a thorough investigation to determine what happened so future problems can be prevented," Huffaker said.
"We recognize the problems with the licensing system may have disrupted some people's plan to go fishing over the Memorial Day weekend. We apologize for that," said Huffaker. "I have directed GTECH come up with a backup method of accommodating customers, even if the system fails," Huffaker said. "We want to make sure people can get a hunting or fishing license regardless of whether the system is working or not. In the meantime, we're trying to accommodate people who were inconvenienced by the problem this weekend," Huffaker added.
Controlled hunt applications will be accepted at Fish and Game offices, license vendors, by telephone or over the internet until midnight, Wednesday, June 2, 2004.