Fish and Game hopes Wildlife Summit jump starts wider support for critters

If the Idaho Fish and Game Commission has its way you are going to hear alot abou the Idaho Wildlife Summit between now and Aug. 24.

The three day event, which will be head at the Riverside Hotel in Boise and six concurrent satellite sites in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Salmon, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls, is designed to involve as many people as possible in developing a plan for wildlife management in the future.

The aim of the event, Fish and Game says is to bring together diverse interests to find common ground, and ultimately build a broader base of support for wildlife conservation. Without it frankly funding for wildlife in the state is certain to drop.

The federal funds that now support a lot of what Idaho Fish and Game does, are likely to stop growing or decline, Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore said.

“The responsibility for meeting the needs in Idaho are going to fall more squarely and appropriately on the shoulders of Idahoans and the people who use the resources in Idaho,” Moore said.

Gov. Butch Otter will be there along with Shane Mahoney, a biologist and prominent spokesman for wildlife conservation from Newfoundland in eastern Canada; Toni Hardesty, a former director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and now director for The Nature Conservancy-Idaho; and by Jim Posewitz, founder of Orion The Hunter’s Institute.

The agency has a tall order. Wildlife politics have never been more polarized in the state since the comeback of wolves.

Hunters have resisted seeking funding from the wider and much more diverse group of wildlife enthusiasts because they fear losing control. But hunter numbers are dropping because this same group of hunters has not done enough to bring the next generations into their sport. The bright spot is the increasing number of women.

Anglers are more united as the old divisions between bait fishers and fly fishers has subsided. But without federal dollars protecting the species they love will be harder and require new state funding sources.

“The Wildlife Summit provides wildlife advocates a unique opportunity to hear from top wildlife authorities and to help set the stage for the future of wildlife management in Idaho,” said Randy Budge, Idaho Fish and Game Commission chairman-elect.

You will see a lot of Moore and Budge in the ext two months. They will discuss the Summit on Idaho Public Television’s call-in Dialogue program on June 14.

Frustration

Maybe more people are frustrated at IDFG because its felt they are not doing enough. Also too IDFG is not listening to its own biologists. There is no reason why wildlife watcher's money spent on gear should not go to IDFG. But IDFG needs to step up to the plate and do their jobs, yes we all know they cannot please all the people all the time, but come on. I won't mention any names but there are some in there that have their own agenda.

TAX ME

There is no reason why wildlife watcher's money spent on gear should not go to IDFG

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How would you propose that happens, Red?

Maybe an excise tax on binoculars?
Ammunition and fishing gear all have excise taxes on it. That is in addition to the sales tax from the consumer, and the income tax paid by the retailer, distributors, and manufacturers.

And what else is purchased by "wildlife watchers's"?
How about a tax on guide books?

Sleeping bags? Oh wait a minute, I'm not wildlife watching with that sleeping bag, I am hiking and that's excercise.

Seen any eco-tours traveling through Idaho lately?

Really it can be done

Its safe to say there is more money spent by people say going to yellowstone to watch wildlife then hunters are spending. Call BS if you want too, but how many hunters are out there using Swarovski spotting scopes, Kowa spotting scopes, motel & hotel stay's, food, gas and so on. Too bad IDFG has their heads in a the sand on this one and are nothing but a bunch of liars. Tell me IDFG what ever happen to the wildlife viewing area's you purposed???? Ya I thought so. I hope you don't miss the money I'm not spending on a fishing or hunting license or tags this year. Won't spend another dime until they start managing the wildlife.

BS

Okay I call BS. You are full of BS. ha ha.
Now continue on to Grandma's house. Someone is waiting there for you.

Are you serious?

I would say it's apparent you know nothing about hunting or the expenses involved...if a hunter actually ends up bagging an animal it's probably the most expensive meat you can buy...Factor in gun,scope, ammo, tags, license, hotels/motels, Tents or rv's,generators, spotting scopes, food, gas, the hunting trip, the scouting trip, horses, feed,atv's ...the list could go on and on...the reality is that you don't know squat about hunting or the amount of money spent. You simple want to feed your agenda and you can't possible believe anyone has a right to an opinion other than yours.

maybe I'll clean the oven now...

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You fry wants with that?

Wildlife viewing?

Get off the paved road and go look. The Bear Valley "viewing" area was a bunch of BS proposed by the pro-wolf people. Sorry but Bear Valley is not Yellowstone.

What about all the WMA's and other wildlife viewing spots managed by F&G?

And the latest stats from Yellowstone say visitors are opting to camp out more often than stay in expensive hotels.

Wildlife always gets more attention if you call them critters.

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You fry wants with that?

By the way, where do you plan to put those cables?

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You fry wants with that?