Resolution in Idaho to End Exclusive Hunting Licenses on State Land
In the state of Idaho (and other states across the US), there are certain “state endowment lands” which are able to be rented by hunters for use during a given hunting, fishing, or trapping season. This has been going on for quite some time now, but average Idahoans have a problem with the idea that some of the best hunting in the state can only be accessed if you have enough money to lease the land.
This resolution sounds good, but the fact of the matter is that something like this resolution has been proposed a few times in the past, and failed every time. The Idaho Department of Lands has refused to reject leases and will continue to do so.
For many, it makes no sense that these plots of land are considered to be “state endowment lands” when they are not open to the public like other state lands. The bill is very simple and to the point and basically states that any state endowment lands would be open for hunting, fishing, and trapping so long as the person in question has a license. Idaho is a state that heavily relies on hunting licensing for revenues, and assuming these leased lands are making as much money as the IDL says they are, it is not likely they will get rid of a solid revenue stream for what amounts to free hunting. This is a very unfortunate practice for hunters in Idaho and is not one that is likely to change anytime soon. It will be interesting to see how this resolution goes over, but early indication is that, apart from support from the general citizenry, this proposal does not seem like it has gained nor will ever gain much momentum at all.
With so much land for hunting and fishing in the state, the truth of the matter is that there is no shortage of space to take game. What is annoying, however, is that the land so many people tout as being the best hunting and fishing lands in the state are considered to be state endowment lands.