CASPER — A state senator is questioning how some big game licenses are distributed.
Each of the seven Wyoming Game and Fish Department commissioners can give eight of them every year to nonprofit groups, which must auction or raffle them to the public.
The Wyoming Wildlife Federation once raised $100,000 for a license, which entitles a recipient to hunt any elk, deer or antelope in any area in the state during a legal hunting season.
State Sen. Larry Hicks of Baggs is concerned the system allows wealthy bidders to regularly hunt in once-in-a-lifetime regions while some sportsmen wait decades for limited tags in sought-after areas.
Hicks says if Game and Fish Department officials don’t address the issue, he will propose capping licenses in areas with tag limits.