Wyoming House Bill 112 provided a rallying cry for the organization of the Wyoming Hunter Defense Fund in 2014. In researching the points of our opposition to the bill, we came across several statistics to strengthen our stand. Scroll down to see how much non-resident and resident sportsmen mean to Wyoming and its wildlife and economy.
What We Learned From HB112
(e) The commission shall reserve eighty percent (80%) of the moose and seventy‑five percent (75%) of the ram and ewe and lamb bighorn sheep, mountain goat and grizzly bear licenses to be issued in any one (1) year for resident hunters.
Primary Components of HB 112
90/10* split of big game licenses for elk, antelope, deer, sheep, mountain goat, and moose, for a 50% reduction in non-resident big game license sales, and a 90/10 split of trophy game species, mountain lion, black bear, wolf, etc.
HB 112 Author & Primary Sponsors
Robert Wharff, Executive Director for Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife, wrote House Bill 112.
Republican, House District 19
Republican, House District 2
Republican, House District 21
Republican, House District 59
Garry C. Piiparinen
Republican, House District 49
Republican, Senate District 11
G&F Expected Revenues
application fees, and preference point fees
make up the license fees.
HB 112 would have cut Wyoming Game and Fish Department license sales by 6.7 million dollars.
|Species||NR Special licenses||NR Regular licenses||Total NR licenses||Total Resident licenses||Total all licenses||NR %||Resident %||90% to residents||10% to non-residents||Loss of NR licenses||Lost revenues estimate|
More Revenue Losses
Losses in Search and Rescue, Access Yes, and Conservation Stamp Funds will be substantial.
$1 of Access Yes funds equals 4.2 acres leased for the public. 90/10 will cause an estimated 250,000 fewer acres enrolled by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department in the Access Yes program.
- Conservation Stamp—$12.50
- $3.12 to Access Yes
- $4.69 to Wildlife Trust Fund
- $4.69 to Game & Fish Fund
- Lifetime Conservation Stamp—$180.50
- $90.25 to Wildlife Trust Fund
- $90.25 to Access Yes
90/10 would cause a 50% reduction in Conservation Stamp sales to non-residents. In 2012 Wyoming Game and Fish sold 37,000 Conservation Stamps to non-residents; that is $462,500 worth of stamps that go to Access Yes, the Wildlife Trust Fund and the Game and Fish Fund. If we cut that in half it would be a loss of $57,720 to Access Yes, $86,765 to the Wildlife Trust Fund and $86,765 to the Game and Fish Fund.
Resident Big Game Hunters
Resident licenses by species
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Number of licenses held by each resident hunter
|Number of resident licenses||Number of resident hunters||Number of resident licenses||Number of resident hunters|
Out-of-state hunters represent one of Wyoming’s largest sources of tourism revenue. We might think of their impact in terms of their direct spending on things like taxidermists, meat processors, hotels, restaurants and gas stations. But non-resident hunter spending actually affects a whole range of Wyoming businesses, including automotive dealers, feed dealers, landowners, insurance agents, real estate agents, and much more.
To put non-resident hunter spending in perspective, let’s compare it to another big tourism industry: skiing. The 2013 ski season was the 2nd best ski season ever in Wyoming. Jackson Hole Resort recorded 600,000 skiers. At $100 per lift ticket, that amounts to $60 million–and remember, that only impacts one county in Wyoming. Non-resident hunters, on the other hand, spend about $200 million dollars each year in Wyoming, dwarfing the ski industry figure. And that wealth is spread to all parts of the state, not just a single county. That is a massive economic impact, and one that we shouldn’t underestimate.