Hunting licenses raise conservation dollars

by Jackson Hole Radio News

The Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition has finalized 2020 fundraising numbers and reports raising nearly $1.1-million for Wyoming wildlife conservation efforts. The funds were generated through the sale of the Wyoming Governor’s complimentary big game licenses.

It’s a notable benchmark for the Coalition, with license revenues exceeding all prior years of fundraising. Governor Gordon says, “The record amount of funding raised in 2020 is a clear indication of just how much people value Wyoming’s wildlife.”

Each year, the Coalition, comprised of Wyoming-based wildlife conservation organizations, as well as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is tasked with marketing and selling the Governor’s complimentary big game licenses, as authorized by state statute. These include five bighorn sheep, five moose, ten deer/elk/antelope and five wild bison licenses.

The Coalition allocates the funds for a variety of wildlife conservation projects through committees that focus on wildlife species-specific initiatives.