The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association has a long tradition of bird-dogging legislation that comes up each year at the Idaho Statehouse during the legislative session to ensure that IOGA’s interests are heard.
And then in the evening, IOGA serves up a delicious dinner called, “A Taste of Idaho Outfitting,” featuring scrumptious Dutch oven meals prepared by outfitters and guides from throughout the state of Idaho. Hunting outfitter businesses, river businesses, backcountry summer tour businesses, among others, are all represented.
This year, IOGA talked to lawmakers about supporting the effort to beef up the Idaho Department of Agriculture’s Invasive Species programs, including boat check stations throughout the state so there is full coverage 24/7 365 days a year. So far that legislation is moving ahead. Those efforts will attempt to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels from entering the state of Idaho to protect the state’s many pristine rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, municipal water supplies, Idaho Power facilities and irrigation pipes. The program may also receive a $1 million general fund increase, some of which would be used to conduct boat checks at border stations around the clock.
Outfitters with motorized and non-motorized boats have been paying into the state invasive species fund annually since 2008.
IOGA members also talked to legislators about a proposed resident fee increase for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and increased funding for big game depredation, and a “clean up” bill regarding the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board.
For more information about IOGA, go to http://ioga.org