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CODY (WNE) — Under a proposed change in Game and Fish rules, resident disabled outdoorsmen and women would be eligible to obtain a free lifetime fishing license and free conservation stamp.

The idea is under consideration as part of a group of proposed regulation alterations and hunting season quota settings being discussed at department hearings around Wyoming.

“It hadn’t been available to them before,” said Cody regional supervisor Dan Smith of the disabled benefit.

The proposal, along with a package of other possible regulation changes, will go before the Game and Fish Commission at its July 18-19 meeting in Green River.

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Under this plan, eligibility would be defined as a resident who is “permanently and totally disabled and is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity.” The determination would be made by the U.S. Social Security Administration based on Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

The license and stamp would be good as long as the individual remains a Wyoming resident.

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