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Talk Back Meeting Scheduled

Fish & Game Talks Back To Sportsmen About Big Game Regs And Looks For Comments On Future Upland Game And Furbearer Regs IDAHO FALLS - Many people have the perception that the government never listens to their opinions. Unfortunately, sportsmen also sometimes feel the same way about their dealings with the management of their State wildlife, but now things are different! On Tuesday, April 9, IDFG will be holding a meeting to explain to sportsmen exactly how this year's big game regulations were set. IDFG is also asking sportsmen to comment on changes that they would like to see considered for next two-year set of upland game and furbearer regulations. The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria at Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls. According to spokesman Gregg Losinski, "Last year was our first try at getting back with the public to talk about the regulation setting process and it went over very well." Last February, IDFG held meetings all across the state to gather public input on a variety of proposed changes for next year's big game seasons. All of the public comments were forwarded by IDFG to the Idaho Fish & Game Commission who then set the final seasons at their meeting earlier this month. The new regulations are currently at the printers and should hopefully arrive by the end of April. Because the regulations are now generated using digital printing technology, a sneak peak will soon be available to those who go to IDFG's website at www2.state.id.us/fishgame/common/regulations.htm. Because IDFG managers planned in advance to hold these recap meetings, sportsmen were asked to leave a mail or email address at the first round of meetings that were held in the Upper Snake Region. According to Regional Wildlife Manager Brad Compton, "Every individual who left us an address at the first set of meetings will receive a mailed or E-mailed invitation to the wrap-up meeting. " Individuals who have questions about how specific regulations were set, but who are unable to attend can call Compton at the regional IDFG office at 525-7290 or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529(TDD). He can also be reached via E-mail at bcompton@idfg.state.id.us. Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 PM Eastern Idaho Technical College Caferteria in Idaho Falls