Senate nixes allowing sale of landowner hunt tags

Senate nixes allowing sale of landowner hunt tags
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Senate, in a rare 17-17 tie vote, killed a bill that sought to allow landowners to sell special hunting tags they receive because their properties provide important habitat for deer, elk, or pronghorn.

The measure that died Wednesday was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Siddoway, a Republican rancher from Terreton.

Currently, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission allows eligible landowners to participate in drawings for "Landowner Appreciation Tags."

Siddoway wanted to allow landowners the chance to cash in on these controlled hunting tags by letting them sell them to other hunters, at any price they negotiate.

The bill raised concerns that Siddoway sought to extend to landowners like himself a lucrative new option that violates the spirit of Idaho's hunting legacy — preserving opportunities for everyone, not just the privileged.