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UT: DWR proposes upland game changes

DWR recommends upland game hunting changes for this fall

You might have more chances to hunt upland game in Utah this
fall.

The following are among changes biologists with the Division of
Wildlife Resources are recommending for this fall’s hunts:

Two special hunting days for hunters who will be 15 years of age
or younger on the day the hunts occur.

The first youth-only hunting day-for chukar and Hungarian
partridge-would happen on Sept. 17. The youth hunt would happen one
week before the general partridge seasons open on Sept. 24.

The second youth hunting day-for pheasant and quail-would happen on
Oct. 15. The general pheasant and quail hunt opens on Nov. 5.

Hunters of all ages would have more days to hunt most of Utah’s
upland game species. And the number of birds, rabbits and hares you
could have in your possession would also increase.

In another change, rules and permit numbers for the 2012 spring
turkey hunt will be set in June this year.

Last year, wild turkey rules and permit numbers were set in
August.

More information about the biologists’ wild turkey and upland
game recommendations is available at go.usa.gov/bY5.

More time to hunt

Justin Dolling, upland game and migratory game bird coordinator
for the DWR, says biologists want to give Utah’s hunters more time
to hunt. And upland game are the perfect group of species to offer
that opportunity.

Whether it’s hunted or not, Dolling says between 60 to 70
percent of an upland game population dies every year from natural
causes. Most of the birds, rabbits and hares hunters take each year
would have died from natural causes if hunters hadn’t taken
them.

Fortunately, upland game species also have a high reproductive
rate. “Their reproductive rate is what keeps upland game
populations going,” Dolling says. “The reproductive rate among the
30 to 40 percent of the population that survives each year is
usually enough to bring the population back to the point it was
before the losses.”

The high reproductive rate is also among the reasons Utah’s
upland game seasons can be lengthened. It’s also a reason why two
special youth-only hunting days can be added to the regular
hunts.

Dolling says holding special youth days-before the birds have
been hunted and when adults aren’t allowed to hunt-is a great way
to get young people interested and involved in hunting.

“Upland game hunting has been called the ‘gateway hunt,'”
Dolling says. “In addition to being an activity you can enjoy the
rest of your life, hunting upland game often causes hunters to get
excited about hunting in general.”

And since most of Utah’s pheasant hunting happens on private
land, Dolling says the youth pheasant hunting day will give young
hunters and their parents experience in approaching landowners
about hunting their property.

“In the process,” he says, “these young hunters will learn more
about the vital role landowners play in conserving habitat for
wildlife.”

Learn more, share your ideas

After you’ve reviewed the ideas at go.usa.gov/bY5, you can let
your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by
attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to
them.

RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of
the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on
June 9 to approve rules and permit numbers for the 2011-2012 upland
game hunting seasons.

They’ll also approve rules and permit numbers for the 2012
turkey hunting season.

Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings are as
follows:

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

Email

You can also provide your comments to your RAC via email. Email
addresses for your RAC members are available at
wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings.

The group each RAC member represents (sportsman,
non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person’s email address.
You should direct your email to the people on the RAC who represent
your interest.

 

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