NEWS

Game and Fish budget cut, Governor and Legislature provide license fee increase to continue investment in wildlife management

This year the Wyoming Legislature cut several budgets, this included $9.8 million per biennium that went to five Wyoming Game and Fish Department programs.

3/21/2017 2:10:32 PM

Cheyenne - This year the Wyoming Legislature cut several budgets, this included $9.8 million per biennium that went to five Wyoming Game and Fish Department programs. This comes after Game and Fish had already cut nearly $1 million earlier this year from those same programs.

The legislature sets all license and fee levels with few exceptions. To help offset most of the cut, lawmakers passed legislation increasing hunting, fishing, trapping and watercraft registration licenses and fees. Those increases should raise around $5 million per year.

“Game and Fish very much appreciates the support for wildlife shown by this investment from the Legislature and Governor. Unfortunately, due to the cut, even with this license fee increase Game and Fish will have less revenue to provide the same services we were providing previously,” said Scott Talbott, Director of Game and Fish.

The license and fee increases do not go into effect until January 1, 2018. For a list of the new costs visit Game and Fish’s website.

From 2005 until July 1, 2017 Game and Fish has received funding from the State Legislature supporting five programs: sage grouse management, sensitive species, wolf management, veterinary services and aquatic invasive species. The legislature recognized those five programs all benefited more than just those who purchased hunting and fishing licenses and provided financial support from the State’s General Fund. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will now pick up the costs of these programs.  

“Those who hunt, fish and trap have historically funded almost all wildlife management in Wyoming. That commitment continues as now over 85 percent of our budget will come from sportsmen and sportswomen,” said Talbott. “We now face uncertain times as we may have to reduce the number of licenses available due to a harsh winter and there may be less revenue from the federal sales of firearms and ammunition coming to states. As always, we commit to being good stewards of wildlife.”

(Wyoming Game and Fish (307) 777-4600)

- WGFD -


Governor Gordon's Statement on Herrera decision

Governor Gordon's Statement on Herrera v Wyoming decision

Continue reading...






Newborn wildlife is for watching, not touching

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges people who come across young animals to leave newborn wildlife alone and keep a distance.

Continue reading...




Big game hunting application deadline approaching

All applications must be made online by midnight MDT on May 31.

Continue reading...




Give wildlife space this spring

Springtime photographers, drone pilots, pet owners and people enjoying the outdoors should still give wildlife space this spring.

Continue reading...




Goshen County Rooster Boosters donation provides 4,650 acres of hunting and fishing public access

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $1,500 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program.

Continue reading...




Game and Fish seeking public input on CWD

To provide information and gather crucial public input on chronic wasting disease, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding a series of meetings across the state.

Continue reading...






Game and Fish Deputy Director Scott Smith retires after 35 years

Smith spent his career tackling some of the state’s most important wildlife challenges.

Continue reading...




Game and Fish wildlife habitat management areas begin to open May 1

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has 39 wildlife habitat management areas (WHMAs) that provide big game winter range and other benefits.

Continue reading...




Email Newsletter

Email Newsletter Sign Up

Stay up to date on all Wyoming Game and Fish news either by email or text message. Click the link below to get started.

Sign Up Today

SHOP WYOMING GAME & FISH STORE   SHOP NOW!

Conserving Wildlife - Serving People