So you're saying the fish and wildlife department employees should work in a dump, and use old, unreliable equipment when out in the field? Think how much land they have to cover and oversee.
While I'm not sure what the budget is for Idaho's F&W department, in most states it's chronically underfunded and always under attack from politicians who want to use license funds for something else.
A Washington state combo license (fresh/salt) with two pole permit runs almost $75, and if you're fishing for salmon or steelhead out of the Columbia, it's an extra $9 on top of that. I don't see where people in this state get off pissing and moaning about how much they pay in license fees.