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: August 9, 2016, 2:07 pm
On the last day of the 2015 rifle deer season, Steve Garcia and his companions were hunting deer in Morgan County. Garcia and his companions drove up Lost Creek Canyon and harvested deer within the Hell Canyon/Deseret CWMU. Garcia trespassed onto the Hell Canyon/Deseret CWMU while hunting the deer he eventually harvested.
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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officers are currently investigating and following up on two separate cases involving the alleged poaching of multiple deer. In both cases, officers believe the poaching took place over weeks or months. Suspects have been identified in each case and some charges have already been filed and others are forthcoming in the respective courts.
In the middle of December 2015, someone poached a buck mule deer in the foothills just southeast of Salina. The individual(s) who shot the deer removed its head and left the rest of the animal to waste.
Between Dec. 6 and 10, 2015, an injured buck deer was seen walking in the Shurtz Canyon area of Iron County. According to residents, it appeared to have been shot in the abdomen. On Dec. 11, residents in the area found the deer dead and contacted the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
There have been several mule deer poached in Sanpete County recently and DWR conservation officers need your help bringing these poachers to justice.
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.
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 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.