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I did the story in my podcast.......
The short version is that the State of Utah has banned shed antler hunting from February through April in the northern part of the state. That is ALL land, even private.
You can't walk on your own land, bend down, and pick up an antler that is laying on YOUR ground.
http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/news/06-12/board.php

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wow if thats true thats complete BS & whats the reason behind this ? (I know its a old post but if others know please tell)

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Thats BIGTIME BS man Id be making a formal complaint for sure. Start a petition!!

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This ticks me off, and I'm not even from Utah.

What can we out-of staters do to help? Who should I write and/or call?

I called the number at the bottom of the page in the link. They just thanked me for voicing my opinion, but that was it. Can we do more? Please let us know.

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I don't know Utah's reasons, but I saw something similar for CO. Here is their reason and it makes sense. So, the question is what do you value more, shed hunting or Elk hunting?

The biological impacts of antler shed hunting while deer are still on winter ranges are of
the greatest concern to many people. With deer and elk concentrated on winter or critical
winter ranges the animals are already stressed due to competition from limited habitat
(space and forage/browse availability), increased social interaction, and depending upon
snow depths decreased mobility. As winter progresses and antler shed increases deer
especially are fighting a biological battle of decreasing weight and body condition.
While this is a normal response, additional stresses, such as antler collection during the
time that animals are on winter range, can hasten the decline in body condition and lead
to increased winter mortality.
During the spring of 2005 Gunnison DOW

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CVC Who said anything about going into thier habitat and alarming or stressing the deer we are talkin about walking in the bush and finding an antler on the ground not running around in the deer habitat chasing them in circles hoping they will lose an antler, personally thats the dumbest thing Ive ever heard we are talking about finding sheds on the ground.

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Aren't sheds found in their habitat Think

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Atom, I just posted what CO stated as their reason. They said nothing about chasing them around in circles hoping to make an antler fall off.

And as Redrider pointed out, one does not usually find an antler shed in the Wal Mart parking lot, usually they are found where deer or elk live also known as their habitat.

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OK make me sound dumb, Anyway you can try. Kk so your telling me not to take a walk with my kids or go cut wood or just go scouting and hiking and we find an antler or a set which is a rare find to us anyway we find hardly any around here and we cant keep it we have to just leave it there and not touch it right; no I dont think so Thats total bs.

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Atomikall - I don't know the answer to your question about walking around. I suspect not much resources will be put into trying to catch families walking on their own land from picking up a shed.

I don't know if the idea of preventing people from shed searching is a good or bad idea. If they researched it and have emperical data to support it then it is probably a good idea, but if not then people need to push back and get it changed.

I think I can agree that it should only apply to public lands.

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I agree but it does sound a little strange they would do that dont you think.

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