We figured this might be in the works at some point and we narrowly missed the battle this year. Read HB0112 2 to find out what the Wyoming legislature was up to recently. As of this morning the bill was pulled from the table but the fight may be headed our direction in the next legislative season.
I’m not a lawyer, and certainly not used to interpreting legislation and the language that these “lawyer” types use to create it, but it appears to me that the state (WY) was trying to change the Nonresident tag allotment to only 10%. Right now, Wyoming currently gives far more tags than a measly 10% to nonresident hunters. Very “stingy” states like Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico have such sparse non-resident tag allotments, but Wyoming has been very gracious in the past to non-resident hunters with their tag quota set asides. If this law where to go into effect for the 2015 draw season, we can easily expect the preference point demands to go through the roof, I honestly believe this could increase the amount of points for a non-resident hunter to draw any given tag in Wyoming by as much as three to four times what it is now. Wether you like the proposed law or not, this will be a very hard pill for nonresident hunters to swallow, the guys that have dedicated years and vested tons of cash into the Wyoming points system, only to have the rug jerked out from under them, mid-stream by a drastic change in the rules of the game. This would not be a very ethical way to conduct business in my opinion.