Bringing hunters and anglers together and building an effective and informed advocacy voice is the mission for the Camo at the Capitol program. The program includes advocacy trainings and legislative action days at the Wyoming Capitol, all aimed at cultivating a strong conservation voice for sportsmen and women, culminating in lasting policy changes that benefit wildlife and our sporting heritage.

Though the end is in sight for COVID restrictions, the Federation was sad it could not come soon enough for us to hold our annual Sportsmen’s Reception during the 2021 Legislative Session. The Sportsmen’s Reception is a great opportunity to discuss important conservation and hunting issues with decision-makers, agency officials, representatives, and senators. In the past, the Governor has also spoken during the reception, addressing hunter and angler needs, as well as the importance of wildlife in this great state.

With this message, the hope is that decision-makers in Wyoming hear about the things that matter from average Wyoming citizens who love our wildlife, hunting, angling, and making a living in this great state.

Key Bills from the 2021 Session:

HB0122 – Reliable Funding for Hunting and Fishing Access

…creates an account and allocates money from the sale of Conservation Stamps toward accessing private and landlocked public land with landowner-driven voluntary participation. The Conservation Stamp would increase to $21. 85% of these dollars go toward access for hunters and anglers while 15% go toward wildlife crossings. Passed

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HB84 – The Naomi Hunting Age Exception Act

…would allow the Game and Fish Commission to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis for the minimum hunting age to hunt big or trophy game for children suffering from terminal or degenerative illness that will likely prevent them from being able to hunt when they reach the age of twelve. Passed

HB95 – Game Road Kill

…saw some amendments both in Committee and during floor debate. The current bill legalizes the picking up of big game animals accidentally struck and killed by a vehicle. It gives authority for regulation of the gathering of roadkill to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD). Enacted July 1, 2021. Passed

HB101 – Elk Feedgrounds Closings-Requirements

…gives unilateral authority to close feedgrounds to the governor. We are concerned about attaching such a complex issue to the pendulum swing of administration changes, and would rather see the Game and Fish Department’s current collaborative process continue to work, with input from a variety of stakeholders that would be affected by the changes. Passed

HB112 – Lifetime Pioneer Trapping License

…creates a pioneer license for trapping that is similar to those already available for archery and hunting. The license is available to Wyoming residents over the age of 65 who have lived in Wyoming for more than 30 years. Passed

The Issues Addressed

Each Program that Wyoming Wildlife Federation runs affects a variety of different conservation Issues. Click on an Issue to find out more about it.

IssuesSustainable Wildlife Management
May 4, 2018

Sustainable Wildlife Management

Through our work in policy, advocacy, and public initiatives, we strive for management protocols that are sustainable for the wildlife, ecosystems, and the human economies that they effect.
IssuesWildlife and Roadways
May 4, 2018

Wildlife & Roadways

Wyoming’s roadways see some of the highest rates of vehicle/ wildlife collisions anywhere in the United States. Working to reduce the hazard not only benefits wildlife but, also greatly helps reduce the number of human fatalities and injuries.
IssuesScience Based Management
May 3, 2018

Science Based Management Policies

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation makes decisions, creates campaigns, and forms initiatives based on the best available wildlife and habitat science.

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