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Big change: 30 Utah deer hunting units proposed

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- A big change awaits Utah's deer hunters in 2012.  Instead of hunting buck deer in five large regions, they'll hunt deer in smaller areas called units.

How many general season deer hunting units will Utah have in 2012? Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending 30.

Anis Aoude, big game coordinator, says the DWR split the state into management units decades ago to help biologists gather biological data about the wildlife in each area. "We think boundaries similar to the ones our biologists are already using would also be good boundaries for the new hunt units," he said.

Maps that show the boundaries for each unit the DWR is recommending are available online at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/hunting/board-rac.html.

After reviewing boundaries interested persons can attend local RAC meetings or send an email to let Regional Advisory Council members know their opinions.

RAC chairmen will share the input with the Utah Wildlife Board when the board meets June 9 to approve both the number of units and the boundaries.

Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings:

-- Southern Region, May 10, 7 p.m., Cedar Middle School, 2215 W Royal Hunt DR, Cedar City.
-- Southeastern Region, May 11, 6:30 p.m., John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E Main Street, Green River.
-- Northeastern Region, May 12, 6 p.m., Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center, 320 N Aggie Blvd (2000 W), Vernal.
-- Central Region, May 17, 6:30 p.m., Springville Civic Center, 110 S Main ST, Springville. 
-- Northern Region, May 18, 6 p.m., Brigham City Community Center, 24 N 300 W, Brigham City.

The public can provide comments to the RAC via email. Email addresses for your RAC members are available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings.

The group each RAC member represents, such as sportsman or non-consumptive, is listed under each person's email address.

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