Utah's conservation officers work to protect our wildlife heritage on behalf of ethical sportsmen and others who value wildlife. These dispatches represent a fraction of the ongoing efforts to protect your wildlife resources.
Updated: February 8, 2016, 12:22 pm
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers were contacted through the Utah Turn in a Poacher (UTIP) hotline regarding a dead doe that appeared to have been shot.
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On the night of Nov. 9, 2015, DWR Conservation Officer Larry Wheatcraft and Sergeant Randy Scheetz received a call from a concerned sportsman about spotlighting near the Diamond Mountain limited-entry hunting unit, northeast of Vernal.
During the winter of 2014-2015, DWR conservation officers began investigating the illegal trapping activities of two men in San Juan County. The investigation revealed that two men set dozens of traps and would not return to check them for as long as two weeks.
On October 9, 2015, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Officer Eric Bond responded to a report of 5-point bull elk was shot during the spike-only hunt on the Fish Lake limited-entry elk unit in Sevier County.
On Sept. 25, 2015, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received a call from a muzzleloader hunter who found a poached bull elk on the Wasatch elk unit.
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the opening day of the spike hunt, a 6x6 bull elk was shot and left to waste on the Wasatch limited-entry elk unit.
On Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources received a call about three cow elk carcasses that had been dumped and left to waste near the Lindon Boat Harbor at Utah Lake.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officers were contacted on October 20 about a trophy buck deer left to waste on the Diamond Mountain limited-entry unit.
On Oct. 5, a hunter reported finding a dead 6x6 trophy-class bull elk that had been shot and left near Buffalo Canyon on the Wasatch elk unit. This is a spike-only hunting area during the general elk season. Conservation Officer Sean Spencer conducted an investigation and found that the elk had been shot between the eyes.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officers received information concerning two trophy bull elk recently discovered less than 3/4-mile from one another in the Book Cliffs Unit.