"" Dear Sportsman,
Wyoming Senator Larry Hicks has filed Senate File 103, a 90/10 license allocation and fee increase bill that would be devastating to your ability to draw a Wyoming big game hunting license in the future. We need your help to contact members of the Senate Travel, Recreation and Wildlife Committee as soon as possible to share your opposition to the bill and how it would impact your ability to hunt in Wyoming. The bill will be heard by the committee at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Please keep your messages focused and specific to how this appalling bill will hurt your future plans to hunt in Wyoming. Please let the senators know that you have made a financial investment in preference points and license fees and remind the Senators of the positive economic impact nonresident hunters, like yourself, brings to Wyoming. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to these Wyoming Legislators it is critical they hear from you and how a 50 percent reduction in licenses would affect your ability to hunt and Wyoming’s economy. The Senators are listed below: Chairwoman Affie Ellis (Cheyenne) Affie.Ellis@wyoleg.gov Senator Mike Gierau (Jackson) Mike.Gierau@wyoleg.gov Senator Tim Salazar (Dubois) Tim.Salazar@wyoleg.gov Senator Bill Landen (Casper) Bill.Landen@wyoleg.gov Senator Wendy Schuler (Evantson) Wendy.Schuler@wyoleg.gov
Sy Gilliland, President Wyoming Outfitters & Guides Association PO Box 2650 Casper, WY 82602 email@example.com wyoga.org 307.265.2376 ""
Then another paragraph as follows:
"(e) 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. The commission shall determine the allocation of resident and nonresident mountain lion harvest." The edit feature of the document on their webpage did not copy over to this blog, but it looks like the original SF103 proposal was to give nonresidents 80% of moose and 75% of goats. But that is lined out in the version I saw tonight.
The highest price increase appears to be for nonresident deer, over 40%.
My take on this SF is this legislator wants to cut the nonresident hunters by half, but raise the license fees of the remaining half to help make up the shortfall. His net effect really decreases revenue to the state through the licenses, and will cut in half the amount of money nonresidents spend within the Wyoming communities....because there will only be half as many hunters coming from outside. Only Mr. Hicks can tell us why he wants to keep loyal nonresidents, like myself (from Idaho) out of Wyoming. I am a little insulted.
Bill Skinner Idaho Falls
Chairwoman Affie Ellis (Cheyenne) Affie.Ellis@wyoleg.gov Senator Mike Gierau (Jackson) Mike.Gierau@wyoleg.gov Senator Tim Salazar (Dubois) Tim.Salazar@wyoleg.gov Senator Bill Landen (Casper) Bill.Landen@wyoleg.gov Senator Wendy Schuler (Evantson) Wendy.Schuler@wyoleg.gov
Those are today’s dollars. That will less next year and less the year after, and after and after and after....
I've heard this round is destined for failure but I would still recommend sending letters to the senators listed above! I'm sure if this fails this year it will appear again next year. If you are a nonres hunter that enjoys hunting big game in Wyo we need to jump on this a lot earlier next year! The more of us that contact senators, etc the better chance we can defeat this!
I sent a letter to all of the senators listed above and hope you do as well!
Currently WY makes over a million dollars from NR sheep points without issuing a single tag.......