The Commission:

  • Name: Idaho Fish and Game Commission
  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 7
  • Term length: 4 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: Yes
  • Selection criteria per statute

The selection and appointment of members shall be made solely upon consideration of the welfare and best interests of fish and game in the state of Idaho, and no person shall be appointed a member of said commission unless he shall be well informed upon, and interested in, the subject of wildlife conservation and restoration. No member shall hold any other elective or appointive office, state, county or municipal, or any office in any political party organization. Not more than four (4) of the members of said commission shall at any time belong to the same political party. Each of the members of said commission shall be a citizen of the United States, and of the state of Idaho, and a bona fide resident of the region from which he is appointed… Each of the seven (7) regions shall, at all times, be represented by one (1) member of the commission.”

  • From the Commission’s website

Major duties and responsibilities of the commission are to supervise the Department of Fish and Game; establish regulations and other needed controls on fishing, hunting, trapping and management of wildlife in line with the state’s wildlife policy; approve department budgets for submission to the legislature; hold public hearings and make decisions on the management of the state’s wildlife.

The Agency:

  • Name: Idaho Fish and Game
  • Type: Standalone agency
  • Title of Agency Director: Director
  • Selection process: Appointed by the Fish and Game Commission
  • Mission statement from agency website

To protect, preserve, perpetuate and manage Idaho’s wildlife resources.”

Revenues for Idaho Department of Fish and Game, FY2020:

Other: Private and Local Funds (8.2%), Miscellaneous (2.5%)

Source: Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife Operating Budget

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America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

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