Idaho Game Commissioner Under Fire for African Hunt

A member of the Idaho Game commission is under fire after emailing photos from an African hunting trip to co-workers. Blake Fischer, who is the on the Fish and Game Commission representing the south west region of Idaho, went on a two week trip to Nambia with his wife. The photo that seems to be the focus of the rage is one where he poses with a family of Baboons, including a baby.

According to emails and photos obtained by CBS 2 News through Gov. Butch Otter’s office, commissioner Blake Fischer emailed several pictures of his kills to numerous people highlighting his hunting trip. Those kills featured a giraffe, leopard, impala, antelope and waterbuck in addition to the baboon family.

Now former members of the game commission along with others are calling for his resignation. THey even went as far as making the Governor aware of the situation.

“Governor Otter was briefed and has seen the pictures,” said Jon Hanian, the governor’s spokesman. “He has expressed concern about them and we’re looking into the situation.”

Former commissioner Fred Trevey stated, “”My reaction to the photo and accompanying text of you smiling and holding a ‘family’ of primates you killed, dismays and disappoints me. I have a difficult time understanding how a person privileged to be an Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner can view such an action as sportsmanlike and an example to others.”

Trevey says that even though the hunt was legal, “legal does not make it right.”

“Your poor judgement has unnecessarily put the institution’s credibility, and hunting in general, at risk in a blink of an eye,” he said. “My belief is you should take responsibility and resign, sooner rather than later.”

Fischer is not backing down. According to the Idaho Statesmen, Fischer said he received a phone call from an unnamed fellow commissioner who was upset with the photos. He apologized to the commissioner for sending the photos unsolicited, but not for his hunt, he said.

“I didn’t do anything illegal. I didn’t do anything unethical. I didn’t do anything immoral,” Fischer said. “… I look at the way Idaho’s Fish and Game statute says we’re supposed to manage all animals for Idaho, and any surplus of animals we have we manage through hunting, fishing and trapping. Africa does the same thing.”

This is sure to cause controversy in the hunting community but before you judge Fischer remember everything needs to be kept in perspective. Idaho issues tags calf elk and all across the country fawns that were born this spring will be shot and no one will bat an eye.

To me it seems hypocritical to slam the guy for shooting a baby when yearlings are shot everyday during hunting season. As far as I am concerned if the hunt was part of a sound management plan then there should be no issue.