Hunters, anglers and trappers will see new prices starting May 1 with the addition of a $5 access/depredation fee for resident adults and $10 for nonresident adults when they buy their first annual license.
The new fee will pay for land access for sportsmen and women, and depredation prevention and payments to farmers and ranchers if big game damages their operations.
Fish and Game commissioners recognized that maintaining abundant big game herds means increased responsibility to mitigate for their effects to farmers’ and ranchers’ livelihoods. Animals can do significant damage to crops, haystacks and other agriculture commodities.
Commissioners also want to enhance access to private lands for hunting, fishing and trapping in response to changing patterns of land ownership, changing traditional access, and the growing need to compensate private landowners for access.
The Access/Depredation fee is expected to raise $1 million annually for sportsmen’s access, and another $1 million annually for depredation prevention and damage compensation.
See fishandgame.idaho.gov for details.