Changes may be coming to Utah's Big Game hunts next year

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending some changes to help reduce crowding during next year’s hunts.

They came up with the recommendations after listening to requests from hunters. Big game coordinator for DWR Covy Jones says most hunters are asking for more opportunity to hunt big game.

“We’ve examined how the state’s big game populations are doing and the current hunt structure we have. We think we’ve found some innovative ways to meet the requests of hunters without negatively affecting the herds,” he said.

They are recommending several ideas to ease crowding:

  • Having an early-season hunt in mid-October to reduce hunter crowding by splitting the general rifle hunt into two hunts.
  • Hold a limited-entry muzzleloader hunt in early November
  • Let bull elk hunters hunt all three seasons on the state’s spike-only and any bull general elk hunting units
  • Hold a “cactus buck” hunt on the Paunsaugunt entry unit.

These and other recommendations can be viewed here. 

DWR says after reviewing the recommendations, contact your Regional Advisory Council member and let them know what you think during your local RAC meeting. For meeting dates and location visit click here.

On November 30th the RAC members will share input they’ve received from hunters at a board meeting in Salt Lake City. There they will approve rules for the 2018 big game hunting season.


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