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Idaho commission rejects trapping and lighted nock petitions

Idaho commission rejects trapping, lighted nock petitions

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Last week, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission opted to move forward in its rule-making process after rejecting several petitions aimed at changing certain guidelines for archery hunting and wolf hunting/trapping. According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), the petitions included:

  • Allowing lighted nocks for archery hunting;
  • Requiring signage near wolf traps; and 
  • Requiring signage posted during active wolf hunting season.

The commission previously considered a similar petition about allowing lighted nocks in 2014, but “determined it was important to maintain existing rules” for primitive hunting weapons like archery and muzzleloaders. At the May meeting, the petition was denied with a note that the commission plans to continue its decision “to limit technological advances for that type of equipment” in Idaho.

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Regarding the signage petitions aimed at changing wolf trapping and wolf hunting seasons, the commission rejected the request that there be “signage near traps” and “visible signs in active wolf hunting areas” due to the “current regulatory and voluntary measures already in place to ensure safety,” according to IDFG. Further, adding the requirement would add an unnecessary burden and the state’s current trapping regulations “limited risk to domestic dogs.”

Part of the petition also asked for visible signage April 1 through Aug. 30 in active wolf hunting areas “to warn campers and hikers about the risks of active hunting to people and dogs,” however, the commission said that hunting seasons were “a matter of public record” and “there was little or no additional risk to campers or hikers from the potential discharge of a firearm” and those with dogs should “take precautions to clearly distinguish their dog from a wolf,” according to IDFG. In denial of the signage petition, the commission added that learning how to navigate these conflicts is provided during the mandatory hunter and trapper education courses.


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Skyler G. - posted 21 hours ago on 05-26-2020 08:34:20 pm

Really? How do lighted nocks give a hunter any technological advantages? Meanwhile, people who are rifle hunting can now shoot animals a 1000 yards away. Lighted nocks help you know your shot placement. I would really appreciate hearing the other side of the "lighted knock" argument.

Cole H. - posted 1 week ago on 05-19-2020 06:55:47 pm

James, with the kinds of traps (offset double jaws) and snares that are available to trappers these days, a trapped animal suffers no physical trauma.

David F. - posted 1 week ago on 05-19-2020 06:41:49 pm

"Technological advances" for lighted nocks???? These people are so disconnected from the real world.

James K. - posted 1 week ago on 05-19-2020 07:08:48 am

Trapping a wolf ranks right up there with trapping a black Labrador or German Shepherd. This kind of Cruelty is not necessary in the 21st century.

JAMES R. - posted 1 week ago on 05-19-2020 07:06:44 am

Their argument against lighted nocks is so in no way shape or form enhances ability to kill an animal! It definitely increases recognition of shot placement and potential recovery of an animal but why would the state want to do that!

joseph d. - posted 1 week ago on 05-19-2020 06:25:08 am

Modern bows have come a long way. In Idaho. We can only hunt with a load from the muzzle Kentucky style Muzzle loader. No load from the rear type or one that uses shotgun primers for ignition. I agree with what they did. Having to use signs for trapping or posting signs for hunting is dumb. We hunt coyotes year round with no signs.

David G. - posted 1 week ago on 05-18-2020 04:04:36 pm

Lighted nocks literally would not enhance your hunting ability, just improve animal recovery and reduce meat spoilage. You cannot make the primitive weapon argument when modern bows and muzzleloaders have advanced as much as they have.