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 Wildlife Board will approve.)
To put together our recommendations for the Wildlife Board, we will be holding open houses at different locations across the state during the month of February.
We hope to gather your input on two important topics:
- What criteria should be used to place deer-hunting units into different management objectives? (We may consider things like the amount of public land vs. private land, road density and possibly the distance from population centers.)
- What management objectives would the public support for individual units? The current objective for all general-season deer units is 18–25 bucks per 100 does (after the hunting season). One option might be to manage some units at 15–17 bucks per 100 does and others at 18–20 bucks per 100 does.
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, our biologists will be available to answer questions about the status of the local deer herds and the switch to unit-by-unit hunting.
At our open houses here in the Southeastern Region, personnel also will be on hand to help you apply for the Big Game Drawing. To join us, mark one of the following dates on your calendar:
Feb. 16 – DWR office in Price (319 N. Carbonville Rd), from 6 to 8 p.m.
Feb. 21 – Grand Center in Moab (182 N. 500 W.), from 6 to 8 p.m.
And here is a list of the open houses that have been scheduled for the other regions:
Feb. 13 – Sportsman’s Warehouse in Riverdale (1137 W. Riverdale Road), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 – DWR office in Cedar City (1470 N. Airport Rd), from 5 to 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 – DWR field office in Washington County (451 N. SR-318 at Quail Creek Reservoir), from 5 to 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 – Sevier County Administration Building in Richfield (250 N. Main St), from 5 to 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 – The Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center in Vernal (320 N. 2000 W., on the USU campus), from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Feb. 23 – DWR office in Salt Lake City (1594 W. North Temple), from 6 to 8 p.m.
Feb. 28 – DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main St., in the Conference Center), from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Please take a few minutes to stop by and share your thoughts on this important topic — we’re looking forward to talking with you!