Wildlife Board also approves 4,600 bobcat permits
Salt Lake City–In addition to the chance to hunt for 107 days and take seven ducks a day, Utah's duck hunters have something else to look forward to this fall—for the first time in several years, scaup ducks can be taken during the entire 107-day hunt. And there won't be a reduced scaup limit. You can take up to seven scaup a day.
You can hunt scaup throughout Utah's 107-day duck hunting season. The season starts Oct. 6
Blair Stringham, waterfowl coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the scaup population in North America started to decline in the mid 1980s. And scaup continued to decline in the 1990s.
"Since that time," Stringham says, "the population has stabilized. And now it's increased to the point that hunters can take some additional birds."
In addition to approving rules for the upcoming waterfowl hunt, members of the Utah Wildlife Board also approved a plan to guide the management of DWR waterfowl management areas along the eastern shore of Great Salt Lake.
You can read the plan online.
Rules for the upcoming waterfowl hunt, which includes a special youth hunt on Sept. 22 and the general opener on Oct. 6, will be available in the 2012–2013 Waterfowl Guidebook.
The free guidebook should be available at wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks starting the week of Sept. 10.
In addition to approving rules for the waterfowl hunt, during its Aug. 16 meeting, the board also approved 4,600 permits to hunt and trap bobcats in Utah.
Trappers and hunters can obtain up to three bob cat permits. The bobcat season runs Nov. 28, 2012 to Feb. 3, 2013.
You can obtain a bobcat permit starting Oct. 1.
For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.