Board votes against delay, for land deals

At their Nov. 17 meeting, Idaho Fish and Game commissioners voted against a two-year delay successful applicants for antlered controlled hunts would have otherwise had to contend with.

Commissioners decided against advancing the delay out of concerns the two-year wait would not do enough to improve odds of drawing an antlered deer or elk tag.

The board also approved public access land deals totaling roughly 11,000 acres in northern Idaho.

Commissioners also approved spending for a conservation easement on a 13,169-acre property known as Clagstone Meadows Ranch, the largest contiguous block of privately-owned land in Bonner County. The easement is valued at $13.1 million and will be jointly held by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and Department of Lands.

Fish and Game commissioners also approved a land swap of 40 acres of privately owned land inside the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area for 40 acres on the perimeter to remove the inholding. Both parcels were appraised at $19,000 each.

The commission approved discounting nonresident tags for black bear and mountain lion in some units and nonresident wolf tags statewide.

Fish and Game will continue to discuss potential season structure and tag sale structure during the next few months.

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