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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Idaho's Public Access Program Honored at Elk Camp

Below is a news release issued by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The award was presented at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's recent Elk Camp national convention in Las Vegas.

Access Yes! Receives 'Open Country' Award

Every year, Outdoor Life Magazine acknowledges individuals, non-profits, corporations and state/government agencies with their "Open Country" awards. This year the award for a state/government agency was given to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for the Access Yes! Program.

According to Outdoor Life, "Hunters and anglers across the nation consistently list one challenge as their primary obstacle to spending more time in the field: access." 

In giving the award to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the magazine praised Access Yes! as "one of the finest access programs…"

Access Yes! provides payment to private landowners willing to open their ground to public hunting and fishing access. In 2013, Access Yes! provided access to nearly 320,000 acres of private land and an additional 485,000 acres of public land.

For more information about Access Yes! in Idaho, go to go http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/accessyesguide.aspx

Outdoor Life Editor-in-Chief Andrew McKean (left) presents award to Idaho Fish & Game
Commissioner Lane Clezie

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