Salt Lake Area Elk Hunting

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Hunters should benefit through recent action taken by the Division of Wildlife Resources regarding an upcoming elk hunt in the mountains east of Salt Lake City.

The DWR announced July 25 that hunters may hunt cow elk in the area during the originally scheduled season dates of Aug. 3-16, but they may also hunt the area during the general rifle buck deer season, which runs Oct. 19-27.

Letters encouraging hunters to try and hunt during the Oct. 19 - 27 time period have been mailed by the DWR to the 35 hunters who drew permits for the hunt in Utah's first Antlerless Draw.

The letter also provides information and suggestions on ways hunters can reduce conflicts with hikers and other recreational users in the hunt area.

"We're confident that many hunters will choose to hunt during the Oct. 19 - 27 time period," said Alan Clark, Wildlife Section chief for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "They'll have good access to the elk and leaves will be off the trees, which will improve visibility.

"The weather will also be cooler, which will give hunters extra time to get elk off the mountain and into coolers, and it gives them an opportunity to hunt outside the heavy recreational use period in August."

Clark says the elk herd in the area currently numbers between 225 and 250 elk. "That's more than food on winter ranges in the area can support," he said.

"Our objective is to decrease the size of the herd, to bring it more in line with the very limited winter range left on the Wasatch Front above Salt Lake City," Clark said. "Also, there are significant public safety concerns due to the potentially fatal results of car/elk collisions during the winter months, when heavy snow brings the animals down to lower elevations."

For more information call the Division of Wildlife Resources' Central Region office at (801) 491-5678.