Posted May 3, 2013, 1:47 pm
Salt Lake City — Even though the number of deer in Utah is going up, on May 2, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a slight decrease in the number of general buck deer permits available for hunts in Utah this fall.
Permits to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall have been reduced slightly in number.
Photo by Mike Keller
A total of 84,600 general deer permits will be available for 2013. In 2012, a total of 86,500 permits were offered.
Division of Wildlife Resources Big Game Coordinator Anis Aoude says even though the total number of deer in Utah is going up, the number of bucks per 100 does is still below the management objective on some of the state's hunting units.
Aoude says two factors determine how many buck deer permits can be offered on a unit: The average number of bucks per 100 does on the unit over the past three years and whether that number has increased, decreased or stayed the same during the three-year period.
Biologists found a little of everything on Utah's 30 general-season units after last fall's hunts. On some units, the number of bucks per 100 does was above objective and was rising. Other units were stable. And, on some units, the number of bucks per 100 does was declining.
"Based on the data we collected," Aoude says, "we recommended 1,900 fewer permits for this fall's hunts."
Aoude says the number of bucks taken by hunters last fall was up about 34 percent from 2011. And the total number of deer in Utah, after the hunts were over, was up too.
"Two years ago, after the hunts in 2011," he says, "Utah had about 286,000 deer. Despite hunters taking more bucks in 2012, about 318,000 deer were in the state after the hunts were over last fall. That's encouraging. It shows the overall deer population is growing."
The following are among additional big game changes board members approved at their meeting on May 2:
Summary of approved permits
The following is the total number of big game permits the board approved for this fall's hunts:
For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.
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