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Posted Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Training hunting dogs in Utah

Hunting dogs may be trained year-round in Utah. However, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) encourages dog trainers to control and closely monitor dogs afield during the annual bird nesting and brood-rearing period, which is from April 1 to August 15 each year. Harassment of wildlife by dogs is unlawful.

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Administrative Rule R657-28, Use of Division Lands, prohibits the public from permitting a domestic pet not under the owner's control to run at large on DWR lands.

DWR owns and manages roughly 500,000 acres of lands statewide, which are known as either wildlife or waterfowl management areas (WMA). Much of this land was purchased for its value as big game winter range and does not provide the best conditions for training hunting dogs.

Information about select DWR wildlife or waterfowl management areas is contained in a book titled Access to Wildlife Lands In Utah and is available at all DWR offices.

Hunting dog training is allowed on the following DWR wildlife and waterfowl management areas:

  • Farmington Bay WMA Davis County/Salt Lake County, entire area open to dogs and dog training two weeks before waterfowl season through February
  • Lee Kay Center Salt Lake County, open year-round
  • Ogden Bay WMA Weber County, three designated dog training areas, open seasonally September 1 to April 1
  • Willard Bay WMA Weber County, dog training pond open year-round, areas south of the road open year-round

Dogs are not allowed on the following DWR wildlife and waterfowl management areas, except during open hunting seasons or unless posted open:

  • Bear River Trenton Property Parcel
  • Bud Phelps
  • Bicknell Bottoms
  • Browns Park
  • Castle Dale
  • Clear Lake
  • Desert Lake
  • Harold S. Crane
  • Howard Slough, Huntington
  • James Walter Fitzgerald
  • Locomotive Springs
  • Mallard Springs
  • Manti Meadows
  • Mills Meadows
  • Montes Creek
  • Nephi, Pahvant
  • Powell Slough
  • Public Shooting Grounds
  • Redmond Marsh
  • Richfield, Roosevelt
  • Salt Creek
  • Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve
  • Stewart Lake
  • Timpie Springs
  • Vernal

Administrative Rule R657-46, The Use of Game Birds in Dog Field Trials and Training, was authorized by the Wildlife Board in 2000. The rule provides the requirements, standards, and application procedures for the use of game birds in dog field trials and training. Copies of the rule are available at all DWR offices or on the Internet.

To locate DWR lands that are open and suitable for hunting dog training:

  • Visit or call the local DWR office in the area in which you desire to conduct training.
  • Ask to speak with either the Regional Conservation Outreach Manager, Regional Habitat Manager or Regional Wildlife Manager.
  • Explain to the manager your interest in using DWR lands to conduct hunting dog training activities.
  • Ask the manager if there are any special dog training areas on DWR lands within the region.
  • Ask about season of use and any other requirements for using the special dog training areas.

The DWR does not maintain lists of private landowners who might allow hunting dog training.

Use of firearms and archery tackle

State Wildlife Management Areas A person may not possess a firearm or archery tackle, except during the specified hunting seasons or as authorized by DWR, on the following wildlife management areas:

  • Bear River Trenton Property Parcel
  • Bud Phelps
  • Castle Dale
  • Huntington
  • James Walter Fitzgerald
  • Mallard Springs
  • Manti Meadows
  • Montes Creek
  • Nephi
  • Pahvant
  • Redmond Marsh
  • Richfield
  • Roosevelt
  • Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve
  • Vernal
  • Willard Bay

State Waterfowl Management Areas A person may not possess a firearm or archery tackle, except during the specified waterfowl hunting seasons or as authorized by DWR, on the following waterfowl management areas:

  • Bicknell Bottoms
  • Browns Park
  • Clear Lake
  • Desert Lake
  • Farmington Bay
  • Harold S. Crane
  • Howard Slough
  • Locomotive Springs
  • Mills Meadows
  • Ogden Bay
  • Powell Slough
  • Public Shooting Grounds
  • Salt Creek
  • Stewart Lake
  • Timpie Springs