CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the auction/raffle of Gov. Matt Mead’s 2013 complimentary big game hunting licenses.
By statute, the governor can receive up to 20 complimentary big game licenses (five bighorn sheep, five moose, and 10elk, deer, or antelope) each year. For 2013, Mead has again agreed via Memorandum of Understanding to have Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation, in conjunction with the Coalition, administer the sales of his 2013 donated licenses.
Proceeds from the license sales are put to work for wildlife through an efficient process that is accountable to both hunting and conservation communities. John Andrikopoulos, chair of the Foundation board, noted that while sales of the governor’s licenses may occur at out-of state events, 90 percent of the proceeds directly benefit Wyoming’s wildlife. The Coalition manages distribution of those proceeds through an open application process. Since 2003, the Coalition has raised approximately $4.1 million, of which $3.4 million has been dedicated to projects in Wyoming.
On May 15, 2013, the Coalition will meet in Casper to select 2013 projects. Funding parameters are broad and proposals may range from preservation and permanent land protection to data collection and public education about wildlife conservation. Find the Coalition’s new online application form and a list of past projects at wyomingwildlifefoundation.org.
The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. Proposals must be submitted online and include all required attachments(maps, budget, photos, etc.). Incomplete project proposals or proposals using previous year’s forms will not be accepted. Apply online at wyomingwildlifefoundation.org (select “Governor’s Big Game Licenses” then select an option under “WGBGLC Application Process / Forms”).
For further information, contact Melodee Marienthal at Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation at (307) 432-9453 or Melodee@wycf.org or Ryan Amundson at Ryan.Amundson@wyo.gov or (307) 331-0787.
(Contact: Melodee Marienthal (307) 432-9453)