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Utah considers major deer and elk hunting changes

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- If you hunt deer or elk in Utah, possible changes could dramatically change when the hunts are held in 2011. Residents can learn about potential changes, and let the Division of Wildlife Resources know what they think by logging onto a new webpage.

The page is available at the DWR website.

“Let us know what you think," says Anis Aoude, big game coordinator for the DWR.  Aoude also encourages residents to share ideas with members of the Utah Wildlife Board and the state's Regional Advisory Councils. E-mail addresses for the board and RAC members are available at

"Even though the meeting is Dec. 2,  let the board and RACs know what you think," Aoude says

When the Utah Wildlife Board meets in December, it will decide whether to change Utah’s traditional big game hunt structure. The board will consider some proposals to give hunters more opportunity and to decrease crowding.

These proposals originally went to the public for comment in fall 2009. The Division incorporated public input, which resulted in a few changes to the original ideas. Before the board makes its decision residents can review the latest proposals and provide feedback.

There are three main proposals. Click Here to read about the advantages and disadvantages of the proposals.

1.  Provide more options for general-season deer and elk hunters
2.  Consolidate most limited-entry elk hunts to September
3.  Begin big game hunts on the same dates every year

Residents can share their thoughts about the proposed changes at  Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meetings in November 2010. The RACs will forward public feedback to the Utah Wildlife Board, which will rule on these proposals in December 2010.