Associated Press
A bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature would cut the percentage of hunting licenses set aside for nonresident hunters for such coveted species as bighorn sheep.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature would cut the percentage of hunting licenses set aside for nonresident hunters for such coveted species as bighorn sheep.

Such licenses are extremely difficult to draw around the West and can sell for thousands of dollars if they're offered at auction.

Republican Sen. Larry Hicks of Baggs is sponsoring the bill. He says it would bring Wyoming in line with the limits that other states impose on nonresident hunters.

Hicks' bill would limit nonresident hunters to 10 percent of the tags for bighorn sheep, mountain goats and moose. Current Wyoming law sets aside 25 percent of bighorn and mountain goat tags and 20 percent of moose tags for nonresidents.

The Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association opposes the bill, saying nonresident hunters help tourism.