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ALERT: Idaho House approves decrease in nonresident tags, but increase in fees - posted 1 month ago

As a NR hunter, this is disheartening. ID was on my list for a buddy and myself in 2021. We’ve hunted CO and WY in the past and were looking forward to ID OTC tags and seeing some different country. I get the argument from res. hunters with “overcrowding”. I’ve seen it in other states. But imo (which isn’t worth much to anyone but me) I can’t see the logic behind a fee increase AND a reduction in the number of available tags. Picking either one or the other would’ve been a better option. I have to agree with the argument about the majority of the hunting being on Federal property, as that’s always been the areas we’ve targeted in the past. Looking at the numbers provided in earlier comments about the number of NR tags sold vs. resident tags is interesting, to say the least. I can’t say that we won’t still consider ID next season knowing all of this. What does bother me more is the idea that ID’s resident hunters feel such animosity towards NR hunters, despite all the money we bring into local and state economies. I’ve never been hunting out of state and met a single person, hunter or otherwise, that wasn’t very friendly or welcoming. Am I missing something here or is this an accurate representation of how resident hunters in ID actually feel?