Saratoga, WY – The cost of hunting and fishing licenses
in Wyoming would increase by about 20 percent in 2008 under a bill adopted Tuesday by a legislative committee.
The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported that the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources interim committee approved the legislation. It would raise the cost of fees for both
residents and nonresidents based on estimates of inflation.
The Game and Fish Department recommended the fee increase. The department gets more than half its revenue from license sales.
Under the proposal, the cost for a residential license for an elk would increase from 42 dollars to 50 dollars.
For moose, the resident's cost would go from 90 dollars to 110 dollars. A resident's fishing license would increase from 18 dollars to 22 dollars. And the application fee for hunting and fishing licenses would increase from 4 dollars to 5 dollars.
For nonresidents, the increase is much larger. For instance, the cost of nonresident elk licenses would increase from 480 dollars to 575 dollars.
Game and Fish estimates that the increase could result in a 5-point-6 million-dollar boost based on current demand for licenses.