With the legislature set to convene in early January, some legislators have been talking about possible increases in fees for game and fish licenses in Wyoming. The Legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation and Wildlife Committee has announced its support for a bill that, if passed, would lead to fee hikes for most hunting and fishing licenses for residents and nonresidents.
Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, Scott Talbot, recently spoke about the proposal with host of Public Pulse, Kim Love, during a segment of the show on 930 AM KROE.
Talbot says license fees are essential to the Game and Fish Department.
The allocated funds Game and Fish receives from the federal government stem in part from taxes on sporting goods, ammunition and fishing equipment. Talbot says this amounts to 20-percent of the department's revenue - roughly $13 to $15 million.
Talbot explains that asking the legislature for a fee increase every few years is not a new practice.
Game and Fish has been working on their proposal at the request of the legislature and Talbot says public input on how to actually implement the fee increases ties in directly to their suggested plan. Talbot explains.
Speaking to the suggestion that Game and Fish should just tighten their belts, Talbot says the department has done it - and cited the recent reorganization of the fisheries program.
To hear the full interview with Scott Talbot, click on the Public Pulse header at the top of sheridanmedia.com.