October 24, 2020

Six Bills Await Discussion In Idaho About Elk Farming/Hunting

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Right now there are six proposed legislative bills being presented to the Idaho Congress for consideration. Here is a brief overview of each of the bills.

SB1004 – Sponsor Senator Gary Schroeder – Purpose – The purpose of this legislation is to place a moratorium on the establishment of new domestic Cervidae farms in the State of Idaho from the date of passage of this legislation until 2 July, 2012.

SB1005 – Sponsor Senator Gary Schroeder – Purpose – The purpose of this legislation is to provide that Cervidae farms in the State of Idaho shall be licensed by the Idaho Department of Agriculture, to provide that the Director of the Department of Agriculture is authorized to establish a fee structure for the licensure, and to authorize the Director of the Department of Agriculture to revoke the license of Cervidae farms for noncompliance with state rules and laws.

SB1039 – Sponsor Senator Gary Schroeder – Purpose – The purpose of this legislation is to prohibit the lease, exchange, or sale of State Lands for Cervidae ranching.

SB1072 – Sponsor Sen. David Langhorst – Purpose – This legislation amends Title 25 of Idaho Code to specify that all domestic ervidae shall be held in a secure enclosure with dual perimeter fencing.

SB1073 – Sponsors – Sen. David Langhorst, Sen. John Andreason – Purpose – This legislation amends Title 25 of Idaho Code to place a moratorium on the establishment of domestic cervidae farms, to prohibit the further importation of domestic cervidae, and to ban the shooting of domestic cervidae.

SB1074 – Sponsor Senator Corder – Purpose – The purpose of this proposed legislation is to provide a licensing procedure for domestic cervidae farms or ranches. The proposed legislation also allows for rules to be promulgated to address site specific fence adjustments pertaining to ingress and egress on domestic cervidae farms and ranches. The proposed legislation also implements
a one time fee of $200 to license a domestic cervidae farm or ranch and requires any domestic cervidae imported into the state of Idaho during the year to be subject to the annual per head assessment.

*Update* Testimony on these bills will commence on February 13th before the legislature and will continue on the 15th if needed. Representatives of the Idaho Elk Breeders Association will be on hand as well as those who oppose elk ranching and ranch hunting.

Tom Remington

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