Antlerless Big Game Permits Set For Dicussion

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Division of Wildlife Resources officials will propose antlerless deer, elk, moose and doe pronghorn permit numbers, for hunts this fall, at an April 21 public meeting in Salt Lake City that will be broadcast to five locations across the state.

After viewing the interactive presentation, those in attendance at the five locations can ask DWR officials questions. After the question and answer period, citizen Regional Advisory Council representatives at each location will take public input. They'll present that input to the Utah Wildlife Board, when it meets May 1 in Salt Lake City to approve Utah's 2003 Antlerless Addendum.

People can also view the meeting on their home computer, but they can't ask questions and provide feedback unless they attend the meeting at one of the five locations. An Internet browser, Real Player and a DSL or better Internet connection are required to view the meeting from home. A link to the site that will allow the meeting to be viewed from home will be provided April 21 on theis Web site.

The interactive video conference will originate from the University of Utah. It begins at 6 p. m. People may participate and provide their input at any of the following locations:

Northern Region
Davis Applied Technology Center
550 E. 300 S.
Kaysville

Central Region
Skaggs Hall Auditorium
University of Utah, College Of Pharmacy
30 S. 2000 E.
Salt Lake City

Northeastern Region
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College
1100 E. Lagoon St.
Roosevelt

Southeastern Region
Carbon High School
750 E. 400 N.
Price

Southern Region
Conference Center
Snow College South
800 W. 200 S.
Richfield

Antlerless recommendations

DWR biologists say very few big game animals were lost in Utah this past winter. They're concerned, however, about the production of fawns and calves, which has been reduced the last few years.

"Drought conditions make it harder for big game animals — especially female deer and pronghorn antelope — to give birth to healthy fawns that will survive over time," said Jim Karpowitz, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Reduced fawn and calve production will result in smaller herd sizes and fewer animals available for hunters.

"There are good numbers of big game animals in the state now, but we're concerned about the future of the herds and the condition of rangelands," Karpowitz said. "We want to ensure that we only take enough female animals to keep herds within management plan objectives and within the capacity of the range. "

A total of 2,185 doe deer permits will be recommended for this fall, down 1,510 from the 3,695 offered last year. The DWR is also recommending 10,705 cow elk permits, down 701 from the 11,406 available last year. Doe pronghorn permits would be reduced from 296 last year, to 240 this year.

The biggest drop would be in cow moose permits, which would fall from 55 last year, to 23 this year.

For more information about the meetings call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office, or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.