Game and Fish implements new rule to expand hunting opportunities for young people | state

CHEYENNE – More young people will have the opportunity to hunt this fall in Wyoming. Beginning July 1, young hunters will be able to pursue big game or trophies at age 11 if they are 12 by the end of the calendar year, according to a press release.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has filed an emergency rule to amend Chapter 44 – the licensing regulations to comply with a new law that lowers the minimum age to purchase a big game or trophy license. The state of emergency is in effect for 120 days. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will finalize this change at its November 2021 meeting.

Young hunters are required to successfully complete a hunting training course before leaving, unless accompanied by a mentor. A list of courses is available online.

Two more license changes will also come into effect on July 1. The price of the conservation stamp is increasing today to $ 21.50 to support access to more places to hunt and fish in Wyoming and help fund wildlife and fish passage projects. Current 12 month conservation stamps are valid until the expiration date. Additionally, residents aged 65 or older and residing in Wyoming for at least 30 years will be able to purchase a Pioneer Trapping License for $ 20.

Game and Fish continues to draft regulations to respond to the new traffic accident law passed by the Wyoming legislature in 2021. These draft rules will be open for public comment in mid-August. Although the law comes into effect on July 1, members of the public will not be able to begin collecting road-killed carcasses until these regulations are approved by the Commission, presented for approval at its November meeting.

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