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Senate Bill 1237 — Creates swan tags and expands areas where upland game bird permits are required

Senate Bill 1237 — Creates swan tags and expands areas where upland game bird permits are required

Parrish Miller
January 21, 2020

Bill description: SB 1237 amends Idaho Code to create swan tags and add fees. It also expands the locations where "upland game bird permits" are required.

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Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?

SB 1237 modifies section 36-409, Idaho Code, to require that upland game bird permits be required not just "on state wildlife management areas" but also "any other locations" designated by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. This represents an expansion of government control.


Under current law, no game tags are available to allow for the legal hunting of swans in Idaho. SB 1237 modifies Idaho Code to add swan tags to the list of game tags available, which makes hunting swans in Idaho legal, although limits and regulations regarding time and place will apply. These tags are priced at $21 for Idaho residents and $65.75 for nonresidents.

An expansion of the right to hunt (as recognized by the Idaho State Constitution, Article 1, Section 23) is consistent with the goals of maximizing individual liberty, but the use of game tags, hunting licenses, and their associated fees still serves to limit individual access to these rights.


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