Game & Fish Sees Fewer Non-resident Applications

Cheyenne, WY – State Game and Fish officials are keeping a close eye on hunting license applications following a fee increase that averaged 20 percent. Wyoming Game and Fish Deputy Director Bill Wichers says fewer non-residents have applied for licenses since the new fees went into effect. He says that's typical following a fee increase. Wichers says adding that to the cost of investigating the elk deaths near Rawlins and it stretches an already tight budget. But he believes the Game and Fish was able to absorb the cost of the investigation into this year's budget. Wichers says non-resident hunters account for about 75 percent of Game and Fish revenue. He says non-resident applications usually return to normal levels in two to three years after a fee increase.