ALERT: New Wyoming bill introduced that impacts nonresident hunters
- 03/04/2021 Update: At the morning meeting, SF0103 failed and the votes were 4 no and 1 yes.
I've been on the phone a bunch this week and receiving emails from folks about Wyoming's new 90/10 license split allocation and nonresident fee increase bill. As you may recall, back in 2020, a similar bill was introduced and then it was quickly shut down. You can read more about last year's bill and see all the comments here.
Wyoming's Senate File Number SF0103
On March 1, SF0103 was introduced by Senator Larry Hicks that will change the split for resident and nonresident license allocation to 90/10 and it causes nonresident license fees to increase. Read details about the bill here. This bill will have an impact on nonresident hunters in the state of Wyoming.
SF0103 was presented to the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources Committee earlier this morning on March 2 and I was able to catch the live stream. If you missed the live stream, you can watch part one of the video recap of that meeting here. Note: the link will start the video at the 53:36 mark when SF0103 was heard. The saved live stream recording cuts off, but you can watch the second part here. The bill will be heard again by the committee on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
What this bill would do
90/10 split of resident to nonresident licenses
"The commission shall reserve not less than ninety percent (90%) of the limited quota big game animal, wild bison and grizzly bear licenses to be issued in any one (1) year for resident hunters in the initial license drawings. In any hunt area with less than ten (10) licenses available, the commission shall not issue any licenses to nonresident hunters under this subsection."
Nonresident fee increases
Then to offset the cost the state would miss out on due to a cut in nonresident license sales, tag fees will also greatly increase for nonresidents. Note: this bill will eliminate the nonresident special license fees.
Potential Wyoming nonresident license fee increases due to SF0103
It's worth noting that these fee increases are a lot higher than what was used last time this bill was introduced.
Resident fee increases
SF0103 would also increase resident application fees from $5 to $7 (an increase of 40%) and a resident turkey license would increase from $14 to $20 (an increase of 42.90%).
What can you do?
Whether you are for or against this bill in Wyoming, if you want to do your part you can contact the Senators that are on the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources Committee. Their contact information can be found below. SF0103 will be heard again by the committee on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Note: No matter what side you're on about this bill, remember to keep your comments well thought out and be nice.
Contact Information To Submit Comments
|Affie Ellis||08||Laramie||Affie.Ellis@wyoleg.gov||(307) 287-9095|
|Mike Gierau||17||Teton||Mike.Gierau@wyoleg.gov||(307) 413-0109|
|Tim Salazar||26||Fremont||Tim.Salazar@wyoleg.gov||(307) 220-1213|
|Bill Landen||27||Natrona||Bill.Landen@wyoleg.gov||(307) 237-4067|
|Wendy Schuler||15||Uinta||Wendy.Schuler@wyoleg.gov||(307) 789-1264|
If passed, we could see these changes being implemented on January 1, 2022.