Idaho Mountain Express says hunters and fishermen need to help in paying the expenses-
This editorial certainly makes sense to me. However, I think we will find opposition to this plan from two interesting forces — wildlife watchers and hunters. The first is easiest to explain. An unknown number, but probably quite a few watchers, will want to watch without paying (the classic case of freeloading). Some interest groups that say the represent hunters will oppose it because if watchers pay, they will have more of a say.
I expect the livestock interests will oppose it too because many of them fear the results of having more money for wildlife. Still, I hope a majority can be built.
Idaho Mountains Express, “Our View: All Idahoans should shoulder costs of wildlife.”
Added. Conservation permit killed in House. By Dusti Hurst. Idaho Reporter. While opponents billed it as a new tax on families and children who want to enjoy Idaho’s great outdoors (how sweet of them!), the fact that Rep. Lenore Barrett of Challis led the charge against it suggests that’s not how the most anti-conservation members really saw it. As I suggested, however, there was also opposition from those who probably think that wildlife watching should inherently be free even though the area was created to enhance wildlife (such as Democrat James Ruchti of Pocatello)