Dedicated Hunter Program Requires Conservation Course

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Those interested in joining Utah's Dedicated Hunter program in 2003 must attend an upcoming wildlife conservation course. The courses run about two hours and preregistration is not required.

To be eligible to join the program, a person must attend one of the following courses before Feb. 6, 2003 and purchase a program Certificate of Registration before April 1, 2003 (those who complete the program's requirements will receive additional opportunities to hunt deer in Utah):

Logan
A course will be held Jan. 13 at the Cache Valley Hunter Education Center, 2851 W. 200 N. It begins at 6 p.m. Call (801) 791-8589 for more information.

Brigham City
A course will be held Jan. 21 at the Brigham City Community Center, 24 N. 300 W. It begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call (801) 791-8589.

Ogden
Courses will be held Jan. 8 and Feb. 3 at the Division of Wildlife Resources Northern Region office, 515 E. 5300 S. Courses begin at 6 p.m. Call (801) 791-8589 for more information.

Salt Lake City
A course will be held Jan. 23 at Highland High School, 2166 S. 1700 E. The course begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call (801) 491-5658.

Heber City
A course will be held Feb. 4 at Wasatch High School, 64 E. 600 S. It begins at 7 p.m. Call (801) 491-5658 for more information.

Springville
Courses will be held Jan. 21 and Jan. 30 at Springville Junior High School, 165 S. 700 E. The courses begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call (801) 491-5658.

Moroni
A course will be held Jan. 16 at North Sanpete Middle School, 655 E. 100 S. It begins at 7 p.m. Call (801) 491-5658 for more information.

Roosevelt
A course will be held Jan. 16 at the UBATC, 1100 E. Lagoon St. (located behind, or south, of the high school). The course, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held in the conference room near the lobby. For more information, call (435) 781 WILD (9453).

Vernal
A course will be held Jan. 21 at the State and County Building, 152 E. 100 N. The course, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held in the second floor conference room. Call (435) 781-WILD (9453) for more information.

Price
A course will be held Jan. 16 at the Castle Valley Center, 755 N. Cedar Hill Dr. It begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call (435) 636-0260.

Castle Dale
A course will be held Jan. 15 at the Museum of San Rafael, 64 N. 100 E. It begins at 7 p.m. Call (435) 636-0260 for more information.

Moab
A course will be held Jan. 14 at the Moab Senior Citizen Center, 450 E. 100 N. It begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call (435) 636-0260.

Delta
A course will be held Jan. 8 at Delta High School, 50 W. 300 N. It begins at 7 p.m. Call (435) 865-6100 for more information.

Orderville
A course will be held Jan. 9 at Valley High School, 150 N. Center. It begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call (435) 865-6100.

Beaver
A course will be held Jan. 23 at Beaver High School, 195 E. Center. If begins at 7 p.m. Call (435) 865-6100 for more information.

Richfield
Courses will be held Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 at Richfield High School, 510 W. 100 S. The courses begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call (435) 865-6100.

Bloomington
A course will be held Jan. 30 at Desert Hills Intermediate School, 936 E. Desert Hills. The course begins at 7 p.m. Call (435) 865-6100 for more information.

Cedar City
Courses will be held Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 at Cross Hollows Intermediate School, 2215 W. Royal Hunte Dr. The courses begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call (435) 865-6100.

Hurricane
A course will be held Jan. 29 at Hurricane High School, 345 W. 100 S. It begins at 7 p.m. Call (435) 865-6100 for more information.

Once a person has attended the required course, he/she must purchase a Dedicated Hunter Certificate of Registration (COR) before April 1, 2003 to join the program.

Dedicated Hunter COR costs are as follows:

  • Adult: Resident — $180, Nonresident — $867
  • Youth (14 to 17 years old): Resident — $105, Nonresident — $634

Lifetime license holders

  • Adult: $75
  • Youth (14 to 17 years old): $37.50

A person's Dedicated Hunter COR fee includes the cost of their general buck deer permits for the time they're in the three-year program.

How the program works

The Dedicated Hunter program began in 1995 at the request of sportsman's groups, who wanted additional opportunities to hunt deer after Utah went to a choose-your-season deer hunt strategy. With input from these groups, the DWR created the Dedicated Hunter program.

Under the program participants choose which general buck deer region they wish to hunt and are allowed to hunt in that region all three general seasons (archery, muzzleloader and rifle). In addition, participants are allowed to hunt the extended archery hunt.

Participants are allowed to take a total of two deer during their three-year participation period, and may not take two deer in the same year.

In return, participants must attend a Regional Advisory Council meeting and provide a total of 24 hours of service on conservation projects that benefit wildlife.

Participants may choose to substitute some of the wildlife conservation project hours by paying a fee of $18.75 for each hour substituted. Participants who are residents of Utah may not substitute more than 16 of the required 24 total required service hours, however.

The program currently has more than 7,400 participants and is growing by about 2,000 members a year. There is a 10,000 cap on the number of people who can be in the program.

Utah's Dedicated Hunter Program is unique because it's the only program like it in the nation. Detailed information about the program begins on page 32 of the 2003 Utah Big Game Proclamation, which will be available in late December.

Those with questions may contact their nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office, or the Division's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.