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West's Wyoming Statutes Annotated. Title 23. Game and Fish. Chapter 2. Licenses; Fees. Article 3. Miscellaneous Fees; Taxidermists; Trapping; Fur Dealers.

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Citation: WY ST 23-2-301 to 307

Citation: W. S. 1977 23-2-301 to 307


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 09/2013

Summary:   This set of Wyoming laws sets forth the requirements and costs to obtain trapping and taxidermist licenses. Any trap or snare found in the field not bearing the name and address of the owner of the trap or snare or the identification number assigned by the department to the owner of the trap or snare may be confiscated by any employee of the department. Any landowner or his agent may inspect any trap or snare set on his property, may remove the trap or snare and may release or remove from the trap or snare any wildlife which has not been taken lawfully. However, it is a "low misdemeanor" to tamper with or remove any trap or snare set or maintained in compliance with this act or release a furbearer or predator found in a legal trap. Any resident who wants to capture furbearing animals for domestication or propagation (e.g., fur farming) can apply to the department to obtain a license to do so.


Statute in Full:

 

§ 23-2-301. Miscellaneous fees; verification of residency required

§ 23-2-302. Taxidermist's license; bond; game specimens must be tagged; records

§ 23-2-303. Trapping licenses; tagging; traps and snares; penalty; confiscation; inspection; interference with trapping

§ 23-2-304. Fur dealers; licenses; hides; tagging

§ 23-2-305. Capture of furbearing animals for domestication; license; fee

§ 23-2-306. Conservation stamp; exemptions

§ 23-2-307. Special management permit

 

 

§ 23-2-301. Miscellaneous fees; verification of residency required

(a) Repealed by Laws 1999, ch. 92, § 2.

(b) Repealed by Laws 2004, ch. 124, § 3.

(c) The following licenses and tags may be purchased for the fee indicated in addition to the applicable fee under W.S. 23-1-701 and subject to other requirements of this article:

(i) Resident trapping license-furbearing $42.00 

(ii) License to capture furbearing animals for domestication 18.00 

(iii) Resident fur dealer's license 50.00

(iv) Nonresident fur dealer's license 275.00

(v) Taxidermist's license 65.00

(vi) Nonresident taxidermist's license 700.00

(vii) Game bird farm license 130.00

(viii) Fishing preserve license 130.00

(ix) Commercial fish hatchery license 180.00

(x) License to seine or trap fish 18.00

(xi) License to deal in live bait 65.00

(xii) Nonresident trapping license-furbearing 240.00 

(xiii) Resident youth trapping license (residents under the age of seventeen (17) years of age) 6.00

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1939, ch. 65, § 34; Laws 1943, ch. 112, § 6; Laws 1945, ch. 84, § 1; Laws 1946, Sp. Sess., ch. 2, § 1; Laws 1949, ch. 90, § 1; Laws 1951, ch. 71, § 1; Laws 1955, ch. 117, § 1; Laws 1959, ch. 196, § 1; Laws 1961, ch. 162, §§ 1, 2; Laws 1965, ch. 132, § 1; Laws 1965, ch. 147, § 1; Laws 1965, ch. 184, § 3; Laws 1969, ch. 31, § 1; Laws 1969, ch. 75, § 1; Laws 1969, ch. 129, §§ 8, 9; Laws 1971, ch. 28, § 1; Laws 1971, ch. 199, § 1; Laws 1971, ch. 233, § 1; Laws 1973, ch. 249, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 30, § 1; Laws 1979, ch. 29, § 1; Laws 1987, ch. 156, § 2; Laws 1989, ch. 24, § 1; Laws 1991, ch. 254, §§ 1, 2; Laws 1996, ch. 121, § 2, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1999, ch. 92, §§ 1, 2, eff. Dec. 31, 1999; Laws 2001, ch. 99, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002; Laws 2003, ch. 144, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004; Laws 2004, ch. 36, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Laws 2004, ch. 124, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Laws 2007, ch. 2, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2008.

Codifications: C.S. 1945, § 47-207; W.S. 1957, § 23-86; Rev. W.S. 1957, § 23.1-44.

 

§ 23-2-302. Taxidermist's license; bond; game specimens must be tagged; records

(a) Any qualified person may apply for and receive a taxidermist's license upon payment of the proper fee.

(b) Before a taxidermist's license is issued, the applicant shall post a surety or cash bond with the department in an amount determined by the commission conditioned to the effect that the taxidermist shall complete his work within a reasonable time and promptly upon completion and payment of fee return the specimen to the client.

(c) No person shall deliver to any taxidermist, nor shall any taxidermist receive any game specimen unless tagged with a Wyoming game tag except as otherwise provided. Violation of this subsection constitutes a low misdemeanor punishable as provided in W.S. 23-6-202(a)(v).

(d) Taxidermists, by keeping records required by the commission, may receive, purchase, store, handle, ship, sell, transport, and deliver any hide from cloven hoof big game animals, either within or without Wyoming, without tagging the hide with a Wyoming game tag.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1939, ch. 65, § 41; Laws 1973, ch. 249, § 1; Laws 2007, ch. 62, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007.

Codifications: C.S. 1945, § 47-214; Rev. W.S. 1957, § 23-61; W.S. 1957, § 23.1-45.

 

§ 23-2-303. Trapping licenses; tagging; traps and snares; penalty; confiscation; inspection; interference with trapping

(a) Any person may, in the discretion of the department upon application and the payment of the proper fee, receive a license to trap any furbearing animal. The department shall issue a trapping license to a nonresident only if his state issues licenses to Wyoming residents to trap the same species for which residents of that state may be licensed to trap in that state. Any nonresident applying for a Wyoming trapping license shall furnish:

(i) A notarized affidavit stating the applicant's legal address including his state of residence; and

(ii) A copy of the most current statutes or rules and regulations of the applicant's state of residence which show that the state issues nonresident trapping licenses which authorize Wyoming residents to trap the same species for which residents of that state may be licensed to trap in that state.

(b) At the time of application for a trapping license, the department shall determine:

(i) The area in the district where the trapper may take furbearing animals;

(ii) Allowable harvests of furbearing animals within designated areas which may be taken in a given time.

(c) Repealed by Laws 1987, ch. 156, § 2.

(d) The commission, following consultation with other affected entities, may promulgate rules and regulations establishing specifications for snares, breakaway weights, location of breakaway devices, loop size and anchors for trapping and snaring of furbearing and predatory animals. All traps and snares used for furbearing or predatory animals shall be permanently marked or tagged with the name and address of the owner or the identification number assigned to the owner by the department. Any identification number attached to a trap or snare pursuant to this subsection is solely for the use of the department or appropriate law enforcement officers and is not a public record for purposes of W.S. 16-4-201 through 16-4-205. No trap or snare shall be set for furbearing or predatory animals within thirty (30) feet of any exposed bait or carcass over five (5) pounds in weight. As used in this subsection, “exposed bait or carcass” means the meat or viscera of any part of a mammal, bird or fish, excluding dried bones. All snares used for taking furbearing or predatory animals shall be equipped with a break-away device. Unless otherwise specified in this subsection, all steel-jawed leghold traps shall be checked by the owner at least once during each seventy-two (72) hour period unless extensions are granted by the department. All snares and quick kill body grip traps shall be checked by the owner not less than once each week unless extensions are granted by the department. All wildlife caught in any trap or snare shall upon discovery, be removed immediately by the owner. Violation of this subsection constitutes a low misdemeanor punishable as provided in W.S. 23-6-202(a)(v).

(e) After the date gray wolves are removed from the list of experimental nonessential population, endangered species or threatened species in Wyoming as provided by W.S. 23-1-108 the commission may enact rules and regulations setting forth the specifications for traps and snares used for the taking of gray wolves and the time period for checking such traps and snares. Except as otherwise provided by commission rule, the provisions in this section regulating the trapping of furbearing and predatory animals shall apply to the trapping of gray wolves.

(f) Any trap or snare found in the field not bearing the name and address of the owner of the trap or snare or the identification number assigned by the department to the owner of the trap or snare may be confiscated by any employee of the department. Any landowner or his agent may inspect any trap or snare set on his property, may remove the trap or snare and may release or remove from the trap or snare any wildlife which has not been taken lawfully. The landowner or his agent shall notify the department of any such wildlife, excluding predatory animals, as soon as practicably possible after removing the wildlife from a trap or snare.

(g) A violation of this subsection constitutes a low misdemeanor punishable as provided in W.S. 23-6-202(a)(v). Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person shall intentionally:

(i) Tamper with or remove a trap or snare set and maintained in compliance with this act; or

(ii) Release or remove a furbearer or predator from a trap or snare set and maintained in compliance with this act.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1939, ch. 65, § 81; Laws 1973, ch. 249, § 1; Laws 1977, ch. 112, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 30, § 1; Laws 1987, ch. 156, § 2; Laws 1989, ch. 242, § 1; Laws 2001, ch. 77, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2003, ch. 115, § 2, eff. March 4, 2003; Laws 2004, ch. 53, § 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2007, ch. 62, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2009, ch. 27, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009.

Codifications: C.S. 1945, § 47-519; W.S. 1957, § 23-64; Rev. W.S. 1957, § 23.1-46.

 

§ 23-2-304. Fur dealers; licenses; hides; tagging

(a) Any person who desires to engage in the business of buying, collecting, selling, or shipping raw furs other than hides from cloven hoof big game animals shall apply for and pay to the department the proper fee for a resident fur dealer's license or a nonresident fur dealer's license prior to commencing the business.

(b) Fur dealers may receive, purchase, store, handle, ship, sell, transport, and deliver hides from cloven hoof big game animals either within or without the state without tagging the hides with a Wyoming game tag so long as proper records are kept.

(c) Repealed by Laws 1987, ch. 156, § 2.

(d) Fur dealers bringing hides or furs into Wyoming lawfully obtained in another state shall not remove any tag, tattoo mark, or other identification attached to or placed upon the hide or fur by the authorities of another state.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1939, ch. 65, § 43; Laws 1943, ch. 112, § 7; Laws 1957, ch. 179, § 1; Laws 1973, ch. 249, § 1; Laws 1987, ch. 156, § 2.

Codifications: C.S. 1945, § 47-216; W.S. 1957, § 23-63; Rev. W.S. 1957, § 23.1-47.

 

§ 23-2-305. Capture of furbearing animals for domestication; license; fee

Any resident person who desires to capture furbearing animals for domestication or propagation shall apply for and pay to the department the proper fee for a license to capture furbearing animals for the purposes of domestication or propagation. The department may issue the license under such restrictions as it deems necessary.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1973, ch. 249, § 1.

Codifications: W.S. 1957, § 23.1-48.

 

§ 23-2-306. Conservation stamp; exemptions

(a) Subject to subsections (b) and (c) of this section and the applicable fee under W.S. 23-1-701, each sportsman licensed under W.S. 23-2-101, 23-2-107 or 23-2-201 shall purchase a single conservation stamp for twelve dollars ($12.00) which shall be valid for one (1) calendar year and the stamp or an authorization signifying purchase of the stamp shall be in the possession of any person exercising rights under any fishing or hunting license issued pursuant to W.S. 23-2-101, 23-2-107 or 23-2-201. Holders of special limited fishing permits issued under W.S. 23-2-207 and holders of licenses only under W.S. 23-2-101(j)(v) and (vi), 23-2-201(d)(vi) and (vii), 23-2-201(f) and 23-2-201(g) are exempt from the provisions of this section when exercising hunting or fishing privileges provided under those specific licenses. Revenues collected from the sale of each stamp under this subsection shall be deposited as follows:

(i) Twenty-five percent (25%) of the revenues collected under this subsection into the account created under W.S. 23-1-501(e);

(ii) Of the amount remaining:

(A) Fifty percent (50%) into the trust account created under W.S. 23-1-501(f); and

(B) Fifty percent (50%) into the game and fish fund.

(b) A lifetime conservation stamp may be purchased for one hundred eighty dollars ($180.00) plus the applicable fee under W.S. 23-1-701. Revenues collected from the sale of each stamp under this subsection shall be deposited as follows:

(i) Fifty percent (50%) into the trust account created under W.S. 23-1-501(f); and

(ii) Fifty percent (50%) into the account created under W.S. 23-1-501(e).

(c) Holders of licenses issued under W.S. 23-1-705(d), (e) or (k) are exempt from the provisions of this section when exercising any hunting or fishing privileges licensed under this act. Licenses issued under W.S. 23-1-705(d), (e) or (k) shall be in possession of the person exempted under this subsection when exercising any hunting or fishing privilege licensed under this act.


Credits

Laws 1983, ch. 175, § 1; Laws 1985, ch. 166, § 1; Laws 1986, ch. 69, § 1; Laws 1988, ch. 29, § 2; Laws 1989, ch. 23, § 2; Laws 1996, ch. 121, § 2, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1997, ch. 16, § 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1999, ch. 92, § 1, eff. Dec. 31, 1999; Laws 2000, ch. 63, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2001; Laws 2003, ch. 71, § 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2003, ch. 195, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004; Laws 2004, ch. 36, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Laws 2006, ch. 9, § 1, eff. March 8, 2006; Laws 2006, ch. 76, § 1, eff. Aug. 1, 2006; Laws 2007, ch. 2, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2008; Laws 2009, ch. 25, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2010; Laws 2011, ch. 42, § 1, eff. July 1, 2011.


§ 23-2-307. Special management permit

(a) The commission may by rule and regulation define those special management programs which require additional expenditures for the propagation, stocking or feeding of wildlife, for designated trophy management areas and for hunting and fishing field development. Any person participating in a special management program shall be required to purchase a special management permit for the program.

(b) Special management permits may be purchased from the department or its authorized selling agents for twelve dollars ($12.00) plus the applicable fee under W.S. 23-1-701 and shall be valid for one (1) calendar year.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1996, ch. 121, § 1, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 2004, ch. 36, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Laws 2007, ch. 2, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2008.

 

 



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