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Public Comments Sought On Proposed Non-Biological Hunting Rule Changes

LEWISTON - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is seeking comments from hunters regarding a number of proposed changes to the hunting regulations including archery and muzzleloader hunting methods and several other non-biological rules.

All information collected will be presented to the Fish and Game Commission for their consideration at their January 21-23, 2004 meeting. Non-biological rules do not include season length and permit levels that will be addressed at the March Commission meeting.

Comments are wanted on proposals to allow the use of "209" shotgun primers or musket caps as a muzzleloader ignition device and the elimination of the no more than 65 percent let-off restriction for bows during archery-only seasons.

Fish and Game also wants to gauge public opinions on proposals concerning the use of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV's) on primitive hunts, the check-in process for mountain lions, regulations regarding the transporting lower jaw of elk and deer, the legality of hunting wild big game inside enclosures, and clarification of "accompanied" in relation to adults hunting with young hunters.

Additionally, the Department is continually looking for better ways to administer the selling of licenses, tags, and permits, and would like to see what hunters think about modifying the rules regarding controlled hunt permits, how to best sell leftover nonresident tags, and how to sell nonresident junior mentored hunting licenses.

Hunters can provide their comments and complete a related survey by visiting IDFG's website at www2.state.id.us/fishgame and going to "What's News" then "New Additions." The deadline for comments is January 9, 2004.

"We encourage hunters to complete the on-line survey and provide their comments through our website," said Jay Crenshaw, IDFG wildlife manager. "It's probably the quickest and most convenient way for them to give us their thoughts."

Individuals not able to access the Internet, but wishing to comment can do so by mailing their comments to: IDFG, 1540 Warner Ave. in Lewiston, ID 83501, or by calling 799-5010.