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Wyoming Tag Fee Increases

Has anyone here been paying attention to the Wyoming Game and Fish proposed leglesation conserning tag fee increases starting in 2014? 

 

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2013/Introduced/SF0032.pdf

 

A chart of the proposed fee increases can be seen here. 

 

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Wow! I know where I will NOT

Wow! I know where I will NOT be hunting in 2014. Some of these are 25% increases.

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Fee Increases

Retired2hunt wrote:
Wow! I know where I will NOT be hunting in 2014. Some of these are 25% increases.

 

 

You must be using new math because some are close or over 50%!

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Yep - You are right!

Yep you are right! I was only looking at some of the higher dollar tag increases.

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Woah!

Does that mean we no longer have reduced priced doe/fawn licenses?

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That is the way that it looks

That is the way that it looks to me. I will however check with a friend that may know more about the doe/fawn tags.

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Doe Fawn

exbiologist wrote:

Does that mean we no longer have reduced priced doe/fawn licenses?

I got the answer

It is the box on the very bottom of the chart but doesn't state that it is for antelope. Just doe/fawn, cow/calf.

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Phew!

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exbiologist wrote:

Does that mean we no longer have reduced priced doe/fawn licenses?

I got the answer It is the box on the very bottom of the chart but doesn't state that it is for antelope. Just doe/fawn, cow/calf.
Thank goodness. And a smart move. Eliminating cheap doe tags would really screw up my hunting. People will pay for bucks and bulls, but if Wyoming priced itself too high on does they could really hurt some local economies. And I'd look elsewhere too

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I have only been hearing

I have only been hearing rumors, but it looks like they are true.

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Yep, since I hunt out there

Yep, since I hunt out there every year I've been well aware of this since it came out. That will be the end of buck antelope hunting for me and I quit elk hunting and only help friends do that, so the deer license is the only thing I had to gulp at! Doe/fawn and cow license fees will stay the same, which is good and what a lot of people on the bubble may start hunting. At least these NR price increases for buck deer and antelope will now include a fishing and small game license, so that will make them a litle more palatable for those who can spend a few extra days there or want to fish/small game hunt during the middle of the day. I know since I always have my bird dog along with me that I'll start taking him out during the middle of the day for grouse and chukar, so that will take the bite out of the price increase for me. Also, since the law will also allow G&F to index the prices from now on this should be the last time you'll see huge increases in any one year. If you look at prices in the other western states, they are all getting so high that they are pricing them out of reach of a lot of people. Not much you can do but try and save up or stay at home and hunt your own state.

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I thought the proposed

I thought the proposed increases where a bit steep too.  In our family, my son will still get to go for a buck antelope since they aren't increasing the tag fees for youth.  And, since the doe/fawn tags will stay the same we will still make our annual trek to Wyoming for antelope.  

I understand the need for the increases and support Wyoming continuing to provide some great hunting opportunities.  But some of the tag prices are really getting our of control for non-residents.  I'm feeling lucky I live in Colorado since elk is the big game animal we like to hunt most.  

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