On Monday the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife voted unanimously against a bill that would have limited ATV riders to 15 miles per hour within 50 feet of a stream, pond, or lake.
Supporters of the bill argued that it would reduce erosion, while opponents claimed there was not enough law enforcement for this and sometimes riders don’t know how close they are to water bodies.
The committee also heard 4 bills, including one that would set up a system that could limit access – particularly for fishing tournaments – in lakes with invasive plants. Another bill would expand youth hunting days.
The Fish and Wildlife Department supported a bill that would allow super pack license holders who purchase an any-deer permit to also get a second permit in the any-deer lotteries.
Today (March 6) the committee will host hearings starting at 9 am on four bills, including one to increase compensation for registration stations for bear, deer, moose, and turkeys. Another would legalize the use of supplemental minerals to assist with wildlife nutrition.