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. PassedLearn More
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.