A competitive bid process allowed the first hunters onto Antelope Island State Park. This is the first ever hunt since Utah has owned Antelope Island. The hunt was conducted in the state park from November 15-17th for the first round, the second round will be for resident draw-out hunters from November 19th-24th.
The first part of the hunt has yielded one trophy mule deer, and a big mature ram. The measurements on the mule deer's antlers was a 39 inch spread.
Antelope Island State Park brought in $283,000 from the two permits sold through the competitive bid, and 90% of that will go to maintenance for the island. The draw-out is also a two permit hunt, and that money will go to the Division of Wildlife Resources. Those were just the same price as a tag for draw-out mule deer and big horn sheep.
2012 will have the same permits for bid and draw-out around the same time in November. The State Parks and Recreation Board voted 5 to 2 to do it again next year. From the Standard-Examiner .