Swan hunting could be coming to Idaho

Swan hunting could be coming to Idaho

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Swan Hunting

In this March 2015 file photo, a pair of trumpeter swans stretch and preen on ice along a channel of open water at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, Alaska.

BOISE — Hunters in Idaho could soon set their sights on a new species: swan.

A bill introduced Monday in the Senate Environment and Resources Committee would develop a swan hunting season and create a tag to hunt swan. Residents could purchase a swan tag for $21 and nonresidents could purchase one for $65.75 under the bill.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game deputy director Paul Kline said the swan season would initially be limited to tundra swan, but the bill leaves room for more swan hunting in the future.

“The intent and purpose for this experimental three year season ... is solely to hunt tundra swan,” Kline said.

The bill would also expand eligibility for stocked pheasant hunting from Idaho’s nine wildlife management areas to other locations approved by the Fish and Game Commission.


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