For a three-year trial period, Idaho outfitters may use their own deeded property to take clients turkey hunting.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission decided during its August meeting in Boise to recommend the experiment to the Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board. The Licensing Board has the final say in the matter.
Several outfitters supported outfitted turkey hunting at the meeting. Sportsmen including some members of the Idaho chapter of the National Turkey Federation argued against allowing any outfitted turkey hunting, noting that turkey hunters lost access to large portions of Montana when outfitting was allowed there.
Commissioners considered several alternatives ranging from no turkey outfitting to no restrictions on the business.