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Wyoming Game and Fish faces major cuts


Wyoming outdoorsmen could see a decline in state services starting this fall.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission gave preliminary approval to nearly $7 million worth of budget cuts to the department next year.

The department asked the Legislature to increase hunting and fishing license fees earlier this year.  Lawmakers declined, and Game and Fish officials say without that additional revenue many projects will get the axe.

"Our youth programs are being cut.  Several of our access programs, maintenance to our wildlife habitat management areas and access areas will be cut as well," said Game and Fish spokesman Warren Mischke.

Some people who use the department's services feel that cutting any youth education programs is the biggest loss.

"Because I think that that's the foundation of where you get responsible hunters and landowners," said Robby Smith of Sheridan.

The Game and Fish Commission will approve the next fiscal year budget at its July meeting.

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