Residents and non-residents can save in the month of December on annual fishing, small game and game bird licenses, and lifetime licenses and stamps for the 2018 season. Many license fees are set to increase on Jan. 1, 2018.
Watercraft registration for one year or three years will also be available for purchase at 2017 rates. A detailed listing of license prices increases and information about purchasing can be found on the Game and Fish website.
It’s been 11 years since there was an increased fee for hunting, fishing and other licenses in Wyoming, and during that time costs of wildlife management have continued to escalate. But, the 2017 Wyoming Legislature also had to continue to reduce spending.
One way was to cut the $6 million per year that came from the state’s general fund to Game and Fish. Recognizing the value of conserving the state’s wildlife, lawmakers also passed a license fee increase to offset the cut and to maintain current investments in wildlife at the level they are at now.
This change means the Wyoming Game and Fish Department no longer receives any general fund legislative support and is funded almost entirely by sportspeople through license sales and federal excise revenue coming from the sale of hunting, shooting and fishing equipment.
“We want to thank hunters and anglers for investing in the future of all of Wyoming’s wildlife,” said Scott Talbott, director of Game and Fish.
“Thanks to lawmakers for their supportm this license fee increase allows your Wyoming Game and Fish Department to maintain the same level of services and wildlife management without state funds. Sportsmen and sportswomen fund nearly all wildlife management from mule deer to minnows and grizzly bears to cutthroat trout.”