Bill Description: House Bill 469 would clarify that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game rules may not forbid hunters to use certain materials during the muzzleloader-only season.
Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for nonviolent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes?
The statement of purpose for House Bill 469 notes, "Accuracy and terminal performance are critical when a hunter has an opportunity to harvest a big game animal," and this observation accurately frames the purpose for this bill.
Certain rules created and enforced by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game do not serve any necessary purpose and only serve to reduce the accuracy and terminal performance of hunters.
House Bill 469 would create Section 36-419, Idaho Code, to say, "The department of fish and game shall not adopt or enforce any agency rule that makes it unlawful to use 209 primers, pelletized powder, or sabots in a muzzleloader-only season."
This bill would remove these unnecessary prohibitions from the department’s rules and stop punishing hunters for seeking to hunt accurately and effectively.
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