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BOISE -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is pushing a bill that would allow resident and non-resident hunters and anglers to buy licenses good for three years.

Agency Director Virgil Moore told legislative budget writers Tuesday that allowing sportsmen to buy a three-year license is part of a plan to generate more revenue and reduce sportsmen turnover.

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee is expected to debate the bill Wednesday.

The Spokesman-Review reports the agency is pursuing new revenue sources to offset the steady decline in sales of non-resident hunting tags.

He says agency is also working to lure more of Idaho's youth to the outdoors. In the last 20 years, Moore said Idaho's population has increased by 600,000, but license sales have increased just 46,000 during that period.

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