Utah's Dedicated Hunters Program Changing

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Dedicated Hunters in Utah have given the state's wildlife more than $6 million in volunteer hours and service in the past four years alone.

But the program that's provided that service will change in 2012. That's when deer hunters in Utah switch from hunting deer in five large regions to hunting on smaller areas called units.

Rhianna Christopher, volunteer program coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the DWR has worked hard to keep the Dedicated Hunter program hunters join in 2012 as close as possible to the current program.

"This is a valuable program," she says. "We want the program to work for hunters."

The following are the major changes the DWR is recommending for the Dedicated Hunter program starting in 2012:

  • After lifetime license holders choose the unit they want to hunt, 15 percent of the remaining general-season deer hunting permits in each unit would be set aside for Dedicated Hunters.
  • To join the Dedicated Hunter program in 2012, you'd have to do two things: Apply to join the program and draw a permit for the unit you'd like to hunt.
  • If you draw a permit for the unit you'd like to hunt, your permit will be issued to you after you complete the Dedicated Hunter program requirements.

    The unit you obtain a permit for is the unit you'd hunt during the three years you're in the program. During your three-year enrollment period, you would not be allowed to change or exchange your permit for a different unit.
  • In addition to applying for the Dedicated Hunter program, you could also apply for a limited-entry buck deer and a regular general-season buck deer permit. But you would be issued only one of the three permits.

    You would apply for all three permits during the 2012 big game application period.
  • The Dedicated Hunter limited-entry permit draw would be eliminated in 2012.

More information about the changes the DWR is recommending is available in a chart Christopher has compiled. The chart is available at go.usa.gov/TSL.

More information about the current Dedicated Hunter program is available at wildlife.utah.gov/dh.


hunter25's picture

This looks like a great

This looks like a great program and a great way for guys to gain an advantage and at the same time give some of their time to better the sport that they love. It will be interesting to see the new unit layout as I just started applying in Utah this year. I have to think that managing the herds on a smaller area system is a step in the right direction. It can be more confusing for us with all the choices but shouldn't take long to figure out.