Ten percent of the tag $ goes to the seller (NAMF, WSF, MDF, SCI, etc.) Ten percent goes to the All Wildlife projects (pikas and dickie birds) and 5%(?) to Wyoming Wildlife - The Foundation for administration purposes. The remainder goes directly to moose projects like those on the list...no pension funds.
The Governor's tag money is used for good purposes. Unfortunately there is not the same oversight on the numerous Commissioners tags that are given out, as all the money they generate can be used by the organizations that receive them and some are not even involved in wildlife conservation.
Last edited by Topgun 30-06; 04-10-2014 at 02:00 PM.
I do have a concern about what the money raised and used for. It could be a combination of funds used for the wolf population control(Since the feds started all of this) along with -Moose, Elk and Deer Herd Development and improvement. Most of the funds generated for the division of wildlife should be used for the conservation of game species.
In case you guys are not aware of how Wyoming works the Governor tags, there is a committee for each animal that is responsible for seeing that the money raised by sale of the tags for that animal are used properly. I know a resident that is on the Moose Committee and he's very impressed the way that program works so that the money raised all goes for a good purpose. It's the Commissioners tag system that needs to be overhauled and put in line with the Governors Tag Program, as each Commissioner is allowed to give out 8 big game tags to whatever organization they choose and it doesn't even have to be one that is involved with wildlife conservation. The Cancer Society, as an example, could have a person in the right place that knows a Commissioner and get a free tag. That might be a great organization, but IMHO it should not get funds from the sale of our big game tags!
Last edited by Topgun 30-06; 04-14-2014 at 03:34 PM.
I'm steering this off topic now, so I'll refrain from anymore talk about politics and wolves so the OP can continue on with his intent of the thread
Last edited by DH56; 04-15-2014 at 09:01 AM.
I find it difficult to imagine anyone who applies for a tag to be in favor of selling that same tag to the highest bidder. Anytime you put a high price on hunting you exclude some people who have just as much right to hunt that animal as the rich guy. What about the guy who has been applying for that tag for years only to have it sold to the highest bidder?
Last year WG&F sold 493 res & nonres. moose tags which brought in about $169,000 to WG&F's general fund. The 5 governors moose tags for 2014 brought in $134,000 and most of it will be dedicated towards various moose related projects. If these 5 tags were sold through the normal draw process they would have only bring in an additional couple thousand bucks.
Although it may not be fair that one has to apply for a tag for 20 years while another can purchase a tag at will, in the long run it does benefit us all, especially the moose.