- Apr 29, 2012
- North fork of the Umpqua, Oregon
The fact is that this is not as good as you think. They also killed the budget for wgf. I have a good friend that works for them amd said the loss was equal to losing 150 jobs. They are likely just going to have to cut funding to projects such as habitat restoration, hunter management, and research. So its great that you won't have to pay a bit more for licenses..... but let's just hope Wyoming can remain a place that you want to buy a license for in the first place. Every decision has consequenses for both sides.
THere was ANOTHER bil introduced, as I understand...
You can't keep jabbing the nonresidents in the eye with fees (not just referring to WY). The residents are going to pay more of the of freight. No different than any other state as you want to feel like you are getting treated fairly when you apply and that the fees and tags are reasonable. I would generally consider Wyoming to be reasonable with its nonresident allocation unlike some other states (to remain nameless), but the question will be how long are hunters going to eat high dollar PP unless you see that there is value. Wyoming's g & f budget issues are representative of most western states. Like was said earlier, fees are a double edge sword. All you need to do is look at the discussion on the other thread about where to apply.
Good comment tstowater.....It is unfortunate that people may lose their job. But, if we are speaking "fact of the matter" the more government employees, the less likely we get spending under control (basically the root of all of our problems). I think EVERY government sector is a little fat with employees if you ask me. As far as NR costs, raising cow/doe tags and resident prices makes more sense to me than raising buck/bull prices just on NR. Hopefully they will take a much closer look this before making any drastic decisions. Glad to hear they aren't raising prices....yet!
If you guys think you won't be paying more money as a NR you have your head in the sand. The dept is millions short and will get their money, and we'll be the ones paying. It will be license fees, app fees, tag fees, point fees, a cpl hundred auction/raffle tags, or some convoluted combination of the above, but they'll get the money they need. Period.
The proposed fees were the easiest, cleanest way to get the job done.
I guess I don't know the financial situation of wyoming, but why is only 5% of your general fund used to support the game and fish? I would think that is an unfair portion for all the tax revenue brought in from hunting and fishing.
I do like crumy's idea on the other forum about making a type 1 and a type9 tag for the limited draw units. I hope more people are taking their idea's to their elected officials.