In a letter to Idaho House Majority Leader, Mike Moyle, Boone and Crockett Club president Ben Wallace extended the Club's support of the Bill he introduced that would strengthen Idaho's "no fly and hunt" law from reading just helicopters to "any aircraft." Moyle introduced House Bill 186 over the increasing practice of using aircraft-friendly landscape to exploit a loophole in state law that forbids aerial hunting.
To: The Honorable Mike Moyle – Idaho House Majority Leader
Re: House Bill No. 186
From: Ben Wallace – President, Boone and Crockett Club
The Boone and Crockett Club responded by denouncing this activity as Unfair Chase. It further used its influence and reputation in big game records keeping by formally adopting new provisions to its trophy entry criteria that would make trophies taken by the improper use of aircraft ineligible for the records book. The following statements were added to the Club’s Entry Affidavit in 1963.
– Spotting or herding game from the air, followed by landing in its vicinity for the purpose of pursuit and shooting
– Herding or chasing with the aid of any motorized equipment
These actions paved the way for the 24-hour fly rule in Alaska and similar laws in Canada and the Lower 48 states. Shortly thereafter the Club deemed the use of electronic communication devises to guide hunters to game as a violation of the principles of Fair Chase, which also became law in many states, including Idaho.
House Bill No. 186 clearly adds strength to the law of the land in Idaho and will hopefully do away with a practice that is both unnecessary and violates the ethical code of the sportsmen – that which has guided the honorable traditions of recreational hunting for more than a century.
Our congratulations to you and your staff on proposing this important piece of legislation.
Boone and Crockett Club
Click here for the complete text of the proposed bill.