Thursday, 09 February 2012 16:22
If you like to hunt deer in northern Utah, you're encouraged to do one of two things: Attend an open house on Feb. 13 or send your comments to an email address.
Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says biologists in the Northern Region want to hear from you about the number of bucks per 100 does you'd like to see each deer hunting unit in the region managed for.
"After Feb. 27, our biologists will put recommendations together that they'll present at the Northern Region Regional Advisory Council in April," Douglass says. "We want your ideas."
There are two different ways to give DWR biologists your input about deer units in the Northern Region:
Douglass provides the following information:
At its December 2011 meeting, the Utah Wildlife Board asked our biologists to provide a more flexible proposal for buck-to-doe ratios on the state's general-season deer units to provide some additional hunting opportunity. Buck-to-doe ratios directly affect how many deer permits the board will approve.
To put together our recommendations for the Wildlife Board, we will be holding the Feb. 13 open house to consider buck-to-doe ratios for Northern Region Units:
We hope to gather the public's input on two topics:
We are gathering this input before putting together formal recommendations that will go out to the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) in April. The Wildlife Board will hear the recommendations and RAC feedback in May when it could decide to set new objectives for individual units. New objectives would affect how many permits the Wildlife Board approves for the 2012 deer season.
In addition to discussing these topics, biologists will be available to answer questions about the status of the local deer herds and the switch to unit-by-unit hunting. At some of the open houses, personnel will be on hand to help you apply for the big game drawing.
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