Under a bill that went before the State Senate in February, an additional 3,000+ Wyoming resident hunters would have drawn an antelope tag this year.
But ... the bill, SF94, failed on introduction. In fact, just one State Senator, Larry Hicks of Carbon County, voted to introduce it.
Wyoming is by far the most liberal western state when it comes to nonresident hunter tag allocation. We currently give 25 percent of our bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags, 20 percent of our moose tags and 16 percent of our limited quota bull elk tags to nonresidents. Arizona, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado all limit nonresidents to 10 percent or less for most big game tags.
SF94 would have changed Wyoming's tag allocation to match Montana's "90/10 Plus" allocation - where 90% of limited quota big game tags go to resident hunters, 10% to nonresidents, and if there are 10 or less tags for any hunt area, all of those tags go to resident hunters - Wyoming resident hunters would have received 3,665 more coveted tags in 2019 (2020 numbers aren't out yet):
Why are Wyoming's resident hunters getting screwed? Blame your State Senator and the Wyoming Outfitters, Stockgrowers and the traitors at the Wyoming Wildlife Federation - who all campaigned against the bill.
We're not beat yet. A group of Wyoming Resident hunters are working with Senator Hicks and others to get another 90/10 Plus bill introduced in 2020. We are going to make this an election issue in the August primary and November general election.
Want to help? First, call and/or email your State Senator and ask him/her to explain their vote not to introduce SF94 in February.
Next, go to 307hunter.com and sign up. I'm a fifth generation Wyomingite, and I need your help putting Wyoming First!