Aug 6, 2013 - The Associated PressCHEYENNE -- U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney bought a state resident fishing license last summer just months after moving to Wyoming and said she was unaware of a law that requires at least one year's residency to be eligible for the license.
Cheney, 47, is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. She announced last month that she's challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., in next year's Republican primary in what will be the biggest election showdown in the state in years.
Cheney and her husband, who previously had lived in Virginia, purchased a house in May 2012 in Wilson, an upscale community in Jackson Hole. State records show she bought the resident fishing license at Westbank Anglers in Teton Village in early August 2012.
"I told them I was a resident," Cheney said Monday. "I wasn't aware that you had to be a resident for a year in order to have a resident license. I was a resident as of May."
An annual resident fishing license costs $24 while a non-resident license costs $92. Both licenses also require a conservation stamp, which costs $12.50 a year for both residents and nonresidents.
It's not immediately clear if Cheney will face any fallout over the license. Mark Nelson, custodian of records at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, said people convicted of buying resident licenses to which they're not entitled may face fines.
Records of Cheney's fishing license, obtained by The Associated Press from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, state "10," under the category of years of residency.
Typically, a clerk at the store where the license is sold will ask the person buying the license how long they've lived in the state and type the buyer's answers into the computer system.
Cheney said Monday she didn't tell anyone that she had been a Wyoming resident for 10 years. "No, I did not," she said. "That would be an error on their part, I didn't tell them that."
D. Baker Salsbury, owner of Westbank Anglers, said Monday that the clerk who sold Cheney her license no longer works at the store. But he said workers there are careful to explain the residency requirement for all fishing license sales.
"Sure, absolutely we do," Salsbury said. "You've got to live here a full 365 days prior to your date."