As part of its ongoing efforts to recognize budget and staffing efficiencies, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is merging two of its publications – Wyoming Wildlife magazine and the Wyoming Wildlife News tabloid.
In a recent news release, game officials said the joining of the two publications is coming after 23 years of publishing the two separately, the magazine as 48 pages and the newspaper as 12-16. In this new format, the editorial elements from the news tabloid will be folded into the magazine, which will drop its issues from 18 to 12 a year.
The budget for the magazine was reduced this year by the state Game and Fish Commission, which has resulted in a reduction of costs and, initially, a recommendation to publish six issues a year.
Significant efficiencies and cost-savings have been identified within Wyoming Wildlife’s budget, that, when combined with the budget formerly allocated to Wyoming Wildlife News, allow for continued publication of 12 issues a year.
In addition, the number of full-time employees working on the publications was reduced from three to one this year with the reassignment of one employee during the department's reorganization in June and the retirement of a longtime magazine editor.
The news tabloid has been offered free to readers since its creation in 1991 at license-selling agents and a small combination subscriber base with the magazine, with the production costs subsidized by the game department.
In recent years, though, game officials have recognized that the free printed publication has become less important with news being available online at the game department's website, wgfd.wyo.gov, or from social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.