Permit fees to hunt and fish on the Coeur d’Alene Tribe reservation increased, in some cases by hundreds of dollars, for the 2020-2021 season.

Hunting permits are now split into small game and bird, and big game categories now. Previously a non-resident hunting permit was $10 annually. Non-residents will now pay $150 for small-game and $600 for big-game. Reservation residents will pay $50 for small-game and $100 for big-game.

Fishing licenses also increased. A non-resident fishing permit increased to $60, up from $25. The resident fishing permit increased to $30, up from $10. Daily fishing licenses are $8, up from $5.

Hunting and fishing rates differ for youth, seniors, disabled and military. Permits for tribal members are free.

For the complete list of fees and rules click the ‘fishing and hunting resident and non-resident regulations’ link under the Wildlife section of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe website, cdatribe-nsn.gov.

According to IDFG, non-Indian hunters on the reservation require both an IDFG and Tribe permit. The increase in fees could mean that hunting on the reservation will be more costly for outsiders. Fees vary widely for IDFG permits depending on the type of hunt, costs can reach up to $730 for some annual licenses and fees.

IDFG does offer lifetime and locked rates that can be a significant savings to hunters and anglers.

Non-tribe residents who moved onto reservation lands will have to wait one year to purchase a Tribe permit.

Private landowners on the reservation have also expressed concern that the new permit system allows Tribal members to hunt on private property. Neither the guide for Tribe members or non-members addresses the issue directly.

A statement in the guides by Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan reads:

“I would like to encourage everyone to remember our laws and regulations as you are out harvesting. These laws exist, first and foremost, to protect you as a hunter/fisher, to protect our animals and the environment they call home, and to protect our many landowners.”

One rule found in tribe and non-tribe hunting guides also states that it is illegal to “...post signs against trespass or otherwise prevent hunting on lands not owned or leased by that person.”

According to IDFG, non-Indians hunting with a tribal permit would still require permission to hunt on private lands.

Whether a hunting license through the tribe allows a tribe member to use privately owned land without permission is unclear. Idaho Fish and Game deferred to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, which did not respond to request for comment.

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