Hunters Protesting Fish And Game Decision
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Hunters statewide are speaking out after a mix up with this year's controlled hunt tags.
A new law takes effect July 1st that lowers the legal hunting age for big game animals from 12 to 10 years old.
But, since the first drawing occurred before July 1st, some of these young hunters were ineligible to apply for controlled hunt tags.
However, more than one thousand ineligible youngsters were entered into the drawing, mainly as part of group applications.
Idaho Fish and Game decided to allow these young hunters to remain in the drawing to avoid a delay in releasing the draw results.
"They allowed these 10 year olds, 9, 10, 11 year olds, to put in for tags. Then they let them draw the tags, told them they drew, now they've got some pressure from adults and other people that they should not be eligible, so Fish and Game is reconsidering whether or not they're going to let these kids have their tags," says John Christensen, protester.
"Frankly no matter what we do, we're getting a lot of input. Folks are pretty passionate about it, so if we allow those youth to stay, then it affects some other people, and if we don't allow them, it affects those youth, so right now as we speak our directors office is talking to the commission about the direction to go on this,"explains Jerome Hansen, Idaho Fish and Game.
Idaho Fish and Game is revisiting its decision to allow young hunters to remain in the recently completed drawing... and is expected to make an announcement early this week.