Utah Hunting News

Utah Seeking Applicants for Regional Advisory Councils

Your chance is here to have a say in how wildlife is managed in Utah.

Several positions will soon be open on Utah's five wildlife Regional Advisory Councils.

What the RACs do

Each RAC holds about 10 meetings a year to listen to proposals from the Division of Wildlife Resources about hunting, fishing and wildlife management in Utah. The RACs also take input from the public about the proposals.

Utah Big Game Apps Accepted Starting Feb. 1st

If you enjoy hunting big game in Utah, a time you wait for all year is almost here. Starting Feb. 1, you can apply for a permit to hunt big game animals in 2011.

"Big game hunting in Utah is very popular with people across the country," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We expect to receive about 280,000 applications this year."

Start applying on Feb. 1

Utah Black Bear Hunters Will Have More Opportunities in 2011

By all indications, black bears in Utah are doing well. And that means hunters will have a few more chances to hunt bears in 2011.

On Jan. 4, 2011 the Utah Wildlife Board approved several bear hunting changes for Utah's 2011 seasons. All of the changes the board approved will be available in the 2011 Utah Black Bear Guidebook.

Utah Seeking Archery and Trapping Instructors

Young trappers and archery hunters in Utah can receive more training than ever before.

In addition to the hunter education course the state has offered for decades, two fairly new courses—furharvester education and bowhunter education—are also available.

But the Division of Wildlife Resources has run into a challenge in offering these classes to people across the state—a lack of trained volunteer instructors to teach them.

Utah Officers Bust Poaching Ring

A tip on the state's poaching hotline has allowed wildlife officers to break a major poaching ring in Utah.

"We're happy that our officers caught these individuals before they killed any more deer," says Captain Tony Wood with the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Even though officers are happy with the arrest, they say there's still a lot of work to do to curtail poaching in Utah. With only 48 patrol officers in the state, Wood says the DWR doesn't have the resources needed to catch everyone on its own.

"We need the public's help," he says.

Utah Changing Hunting Regions Into Smaller Hunting Units in 2012

In 2011, Utah's general buck deer hunt will run very much like it did in 2010. There is one big change, though—the rifle buck deer hunt will run for nine days.

While the changes for 2011 are relatively small, the changes for 2012 are huge.

Starting in 2012, general deer hunting will happen within smaller hunting areas called units. Currently, the general hunt happens within five larger regions.

Members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved the 2012 deer hunting changes by a 4-2 vote at their meeting on Dec. 2, 2010.

Utah Considers Coyote Trapping Change

After a trapper sets a trap to catch a coyote, when should he be required to visit the trap again to see if he caught anything?

That's a question you can help answer at a series of public meetings.

Currently, trappers in Utah must check all of their foothold traps within 48 hours of setting them. Lethal traps, such as neck snares, must be checked once every 96 hours.

An idea that's being proposed would lengthen both of those times to seven days.

Utah Pushing for Federal Delisting of Wolves

The Utah Wildlife Board wants gray wolves removed from the Endangered Species list through federal legislation.

The board consists of seven citizens appointed by the governor. Setting polices that guide the management of wildlife in Utah is their main responsibility.

Members of the board want Utah's wolf management plan to guide the management of any wolves that make their way to Utah from surrounding states. But that can't happen until wolves are removed from federal protection.

The board approved the management plan in 2005.

Cougar Permits Still Available in Utah

If you didn't obtain a limited-entry cougar hunting permit this year, no problem—you can still hunt cougars in Utah.

Permits to hunt on harvest-objective units went on sale Nov. 1, 2010.

What's a harvest-objective unit?

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says harvest-objective units and limited-entry units differ from one another three major ways.

Utah's 2011 Sportsman Permit Apps Available Nov. 1st

Applications for next year's most prized Utah hunting permits — 2011 sportsman permits — will be available by Nov. 1.

Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison, hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat, black bear, cougar and wild turkey.