This year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is launching a new Waterfowl Slam program in partnership with multiple conservation organizations and sponsors. The Slam will help fund waterfowl-related projects.
A "slam" refers to harvesting a group of species in a certain time period or location. Hunters who choose to join the program can earn different sizes and colors of bands for harvesting drakes of various species. For instance, a Turkey Slam would require a hunter to harvest all of the subspecies of turkeys.
This year in Utah, there are four different waterfowl slams. Each slam represents a different accomplishment. You can earn a different color and size band for each slam you successfully complete.
By launching this program, the Division hopes to:
You can purchase Waterfowl Slam memberships online or at any license agent. After your purchase, you'll receive a receipt that looks just like a license. You can exchange that receipt at one of the qualifying locations below for an individually numbered slam card.
Youth, 17 or younger, can sign up for the Waterfowl Slam for $15, adults over 17 can sign up for $35.
To complete one of the four slams, you must harvest drakes of the species listed below. To receive the band for your hard work, take your bag or pictures of your harvest — along with your hunting license and slam card — to a qualifying location. Note: To use a picture to complete a slam, the picture must show your harvest, you and your slam card.
You can redeem your slams until June 30, 2014.
Puddler Slam (one of each species throughout the season)
Diver Slam (one of each species throughout the season)
Mallard Slam (one day limit)
Coot Slam (one day limit)
In addition to the four slams, every one who signs up will earn a band for harvesting their first duck, goose or swan in Utah — even if you have harvested one of these species in the past. Note: Once you receive one of these three bands, you won’t be able to receive the same band in the future.
Money raised from the Waterfowl Slam will be used for projects on the Division's Waterfowl Management Areas. Here are a few of the projects that will be completed using Waterfowl Slam money:
More projects will be added in the future.
Divers: Unit 1 at Farmington Bay can be an excellent place to harvest divers, particularly redheads, scaup, ring-necks and ruddy ducks. Bear River Bird Refuge and Harold Crane are excellent places to harvest canvasbacks. Diver numbers usually peak in mid November.
Mallards: Mallards are the most widely distributed ducks in Utah. Clear Lake, Salt Creek, Public Shooting Grounds and Browns Park can all be great places to harvest mallards.
Teal: Cinnamon teal are very early migrants. Your best chance to harvest one is during the first few weeks of the season. Cinnamon and green-winged teal frequent the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Try hunting outside the dikes of Farmington Bay or Ogden Bay. Green-winged teal hunting is excellent at Pintail Flats at Ogden Bay in January.
Coots: Every Waterfowl Management Area in the state has high numbers of coots. Glassing and stalking coots can be a very fun way to hunt them.
Wigeon: Many wigeon pass through Utah each year. Public Shooting Grounds and Salt Creek WMAs can be excellent places to hunt wigeon in October. Clear Lake also has excellent wigeon hunting.
Swans: Swan hunting can be very good at Unit 1A on Bear River Bird Refuge, Ogden Bay or Harold Crane. Most hunters pass shoot swans, but swan will readily drop into decoys as well. Swan decoys, goose decoys painted white or white garbage bags can attract swans into shooting range. More information about hunting swans.
Canada geese: Geese are found throughout Utah. You can harvest geese on any of the Waterfowl Management Areas. Geese also frequent the Green River in eastern Utah and Cutler Marsh in northern Utah. Goose hunting success is highest at the beginning and end of the season.
New slaws will be created each year to challenge hunters in new ways. Check back next year for more information.
Links to more Utah waterfowl hunting information