Big Game Hunting Suggestions Welcomed

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If you'd like to see some big game hunting changes in Utah in 2004, or if there are opportunities in place now that you don't want changed, the Division of Wildlife Resources wants to hear from you.

The DWR will take ideas for Utah's 2004 and 2005 big game seasons from the public at a series of Regional Advisory Council meetings at the end of March.

In addition to these ideas, the DWR will present proposed big game permit numbers for Utah's 2003 hunts, including permits for general buck deer, general bull elk, limited entry and once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

Proposed changes to some of Utah's big game management plans also will be discussed at the meetings.

"It's very important that people who are interested in big game hunting attend these meetings, and share their ideas with us," says Jim Karpowitz, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Over the next few months we'll be drafting specific recommendations to present to the public and the Utah Wildlife Board this fall. We need input from the public now to help us formulate those recommendations.

"If people wait until this fall to share their ideas with us, it will be too late in the process to give those ideas the consideration they deserve."

Meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:

Northeastern Region
March 17, 7 p.m.
Vernal City Offices
447 E. Main St., Vernal

Central Region
March 25, 6:30 p.m.
Springville Junior High School
165 S. 700 E., Springville

Northern Region
March 26, 6 p.m.
Brigham City Community Center
24 N. 300 W., Brigham City

Southeastern Region
March 18, 6:30 p.m.
John Wesley Powell Museum
885 E. Main St., Green River

Southern Region
March 19, 7 p.m.
Beaver High School
195 E. Center St., Beaver

Those who can't attend their RAC meeting can e-mail or fax written comments to their RAC chairperson at the following addresses and numbers:

Northern Region
Ernie Perkins, (801) 479-4010 (fax)

Southeastern Region
Dave Bierschied, (435) 259-7294 (fax)

Southern Region
Sam Rowley, (435) 896-5855 (fax)

Central Region
Rick Woodard, (801) 785-3003 (fax)

Northeastern Region
Kathy Paulin, (435) 781-5142 (fax)