Plans that will guide the management of bighorn sheep and mountain goats across Utah—as well as rules that will guide waterfowl hunting in Utah for the next three years—are also among items that will be discussed at an upcoming series of public meetings.
By Thursday, Oct. 25, all of the biologists’ recommendations should be available to review at www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings.
After interested parties review the ideas and plans, people can let their regional advisory council members know their thoughts by attending one of the upcoming RAC meetings or by sending an email to them.
RAC chairpersons will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Nov. 29 to approve the plans and rules for Utah’s 2019 big game and waterfowl hunts. The Southeastern Utah RAC meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River. People can also provide their comments to the RAC via email.
The group each RAC member represents (sportsman, non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person’s email address. People should direct their email to the people on the RAC who represent their interest.
More chances to hunt
Big game animals are doing well in Utah, according to a press release from the Division of Wildlife Resources. And, in certain pockets of the state, they’re doing extremely well. To help manage the populations, and give hunters more chances to hunt, DWR biologists are recommending some new hunts in 2019. Here’s a sample: New bison hunts on the Henry Mountains in southeastern Utah and the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah; new muzzleloader and archery pronghorn hunts in eastern Utah; a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunt on the Oquirrh-Stansbury unit in north-central Utah. The hunt would be the first bighorn hunt held on the unit since 2015.
Utah’s most prized
big game permits
Nov. 14 last day to apply
Hunters can submit their application for a 2019 sportsman permit starting Oct. 24. To be included in the draw for permits, the application must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 14. People can apply at www.wildlife.utah.gov or by calling the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office.
Lindy Varney, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR, says only Utah residents can apply for a sportsman permit. She explains why the permits are so highly sought.
“With only a few exceptions,” she says, “if you draw a sportsman permit, you can hunt on every unit in Utah that’s open to hunting the species you drew a permit for. Also, the season dates are much longer. So, you’ll have more time to travel more places to take the big game animal of a lifetime.”
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 and hunter’s choice mountain goat.
Sportsman permits are also offered for three species that are not big game: Black bear, cougar and wild turkey.
It won’t take long for hunters to know if they drew one: draw results will be posted by Nov. 21.
Call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700 for more information.