Fish and game departments are funded by sportsmen's dollars. This is the way it has been since the beginning of the last century. But the number of hunters and anglers is decreasing, while the cost of doing business is increasing.
Additional pressures come from non-hunters who want the Department to manage non-game animals, as well as federal mandates regarding endangered species issues. State wildlife agencies are being forced to do more and more with less and less.
Commissioner, Idaho Fish & Game
"Forty some states are experiencing financial difficulties with their Fish and Game Departments due to the fact that the number of hunters and fishermen in those states is either decreasing or remaining stable, but the price of everything else is going up." More...
"If we provide money, then hopefully it would encourage them to give us a voice in decision making" More...
Director, Idaho Fish & Game
"Wildlife belongs to the state of Idaho, but hunters are the only ones paying for it." More...