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Is it Legal to offer $1000 prizes for killed wolves, and why.

Answer

Like a Big Buck contest, there is no requirement in the law for Fish and Game to issue a permit for this kind of activity.

All participants are still required to obey the rules and current season frameworks such as season, method of take, licensing and reporting just like participants in a big buck contest. Fish and Game will conduct routine patrols to ensure current hunting rules and seasons are being followed.  If there are reports of unlawful activity associated with this derby or any other hunting activity, Fish and Game will investigate.

Fish and Game serves as the public trust manager for Idaho’s wildlife.  The agency takes direction from the trustees – the Fish and Game Commission, the Governor and the Legislature.  If they decide to restrict or require permits for these types of activities, then Fish and Game will implement those policy decisions.

Idaho Fish and Game has not been asked and will not provide any financial support or logistical support for this event.