The Utah Wildlife Board approved an increase to the number of black bear permits for the 2020 hunting and pursuit seasons during a public meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 7. However, there will be restricted pursuit seasons in some areas of southeastern Utah.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers reported that 1,050 animals were illegally killed in Utah in 2019, a slight increase from the total number killed the year before, said DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing a few changes to the number of black bear permits for the 2020 hunting and pursuit seasons and is requesting the public’s feedback on the proposals, according to spokesperson Faith Jolley.
The current statewide mule deer management plan is a five-year plan that was approved in 2014. Because it is due to expire in December, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing a new seven-year statewide plan, along with some other amendments to the hunt drawing process, and is requesting the public’s feedback on all the proposals, according to spokesperson Faith Jolley.
More deer exist in Utah today than ever before and that includes bucks, setting up what the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources says will be a “memorable year” for hunters.
Sportsman permits are among Utah’s most prized hunting permits, and the time to apply for one is coming up soon, according to Faith Jolley, a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson.
The deer that was shot on public land ran onto private property and then died.
When people think of October, images of fall colors, Halloween decor and pumpkin patches typically enter their minds. However, this month also has some really hot fishing in Utah, and because there are fewer people on the water, it’s a perfect time to take the whole family, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
“It’s a quiet, still morning as you sit near the edge of a lake in your blind. You hear some birds in the distance and turn your head to see several ducks flying in toward you. Your heartbeat quickens, and you slowly raise your shotgun. Waterfowl hunting season is finally here,” wrote Faith Jolley in an email regarding the upcoming waterfowl season.
As expected, the Utah Wildlife Board approved slightly more cougar permits and slightly fewer bobcat permits for the 2019-20 hunts during the board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 22, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
If you didn’t draw out for any of the big game hunt drawings, but would still like the opportunity to hunt this fall, you still can, according to state wildlife officials. The majority of the upland game hunts in Utah are free and open to anyone with a Utah hunting license. “So whether it’s a long-standing tradition, or you are wanting to harvest a new species like chukar or grouse, here are a few things you should know that will help you have success,” said a press release from the Division of Wildlife Resources.
The Division of Wildlife Resources reports good fishing throughout southeastern Utah.