March 26, 2010
Idaho Senate Passes Bill To Protect Hunter Identity
By Dave Hurteau
In case you haven’t been following along, earlier this year Boise wolf advocate Rick Hobson used public records to post on a website the names of 122 hunters who reported wolf kills to the IDFG, including Robert Millage, our own “idahooutdoors.” The Idaho House of Representatives subsequently proposed legislation to protect the identity of licensed hunters and passed the measure with a 55-14 vote earlier this month. Now that the Senate has approved the bill, it needs only the Governor’s signature to become law.
Here’s the latest, from the Idaho Reporter:
The names of hunters could soon be off-limits to people making public records requests to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG). The Idaho Senate approved legislation that would prevent IDFG from releasing the names and business information for people with Idaho hunting, fishing, and trapping tags or licenses….
“Today, you go on Google and you have their phone number and address pretty quick,” said Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow. “As a result, you can harass them quite easily.”