Administrative rule R657-71
Removal of wild deer from domesticated elk facilities
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KEY: wildlife, game laws, big game
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: February 7, 2018
Notice of Continuation: January 11, 2023
Authorizing, and Implementing or Interpreted Law: 23-14-1, 23-14-3, 23-14-18, 23-14-19, and 23-19-1
R657-71-1. Purpose and Authority.
Under the authority of Utah Code Annotated Sections 23-14-1, 23-14-3, 23-14-18, 23-14-19, and 23-19-1, this rule authorizes the division to issue a certificate of registration for the lethal removal of wild deer that are found within the enclosures of domesticated elk facilities.
(1) Terms used in this rule are defined in Section 23-13-2.
R657-71-3. Application for a Certificate of Registration.
(1) An owner or operator of a lawfully permitted domesticated elk facility that locates wild deer within the boundary of their facility must immediately notify the division.
(2) Upon confirmation by the division that there are wild deer confined within the perimeter of a domesticated elk facility, the owner or operator may apply for a certificate of registration authorizing the lethal removal of deer.
(3) As a condition of receiving a certificate of registration, the division may, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, identify modifications or improvements to the domesticated elk facility that will ensure a secure perimeter and prevent future entry of wild cervids into the facility.
(4)(a) Only the owner or operator, their immediate family members, or facility employees may be authorized to lethally remove deer from a domesticated elk facility.
(b) Any individual authorized to act under a certificate of registration must:
(i) have passed a division authorized hunter education course;
(ii) be eligible to legally possess and handle a firearm; and
(iii) not be under an active suspension or revocation of their big game hunting privileges.
(c) Only weapons authorized by the division's big game rule, R657-5, may be used to lethally remove deer under the certificate of registration.
R657-71-4. Terms of Certificate of Registration.
(1) The certificate of registration shall identify:
(a) the name and contact information for the domesticated elk facility;
(b) the number of wild deer that are to be lethally removed;
(c) the names of the individuals authorized to act under the certificate of registration;
(e) the dates authorized for lethal removal;
(f) the reporting date for which the division must receive confirmation that all wild deer have been removed from the facility; and
(g) directions to the certificate of registration holder regarding carcass delivery to the division for donation and disease sampling.
(2)(a) The certificate of registration may only authorize lethal removal of wild deer within the perimeter of the facility.
(3) A certificate of registration may not authorize lethal removal of deer outside of the facility perimeter fence.
(4) No fee may be assessed by the certificate of registration holder, any individual acting under the authority of the certificate of registration, or the individual or business entity operating the facility in order exercise the privileges authorized by the certificate of registration.
(5) Neither the certificate of registration holder nor any individual acting under its authority may commercialize any wildlife or their parts that are removed from a domestic elk facility pursuant to this rule.
(6)(a) A certificate of registration may allow lethal removal of wild deer for a specified term between August 1 to December 31.
(b) Lethal removal of wild deer may not be authorized between January 1 through July 31.
R657-71-5. Reporting Requirements and Disease Testing.
(1)(a) Every wild deer and all parts lethally removed from the facility must be collected and provided to division promptly following removal.
(b) Upon locating a deer carcass not initially recovered, the owner or operator shall promptly deliver the carcass to the division, including any attached antlers.
(2) The certificate of registration holder must deliver each carcass to the division in a condition allowing for meat donation and disease sampling.
(3) The certificate of registration holder shall notify the Department of Agriculture of all lethal removal efforts, including the following:
(a) deer that are lethally removed and delivered to the division;
(b) deer that are shot but not recovered; and
(c) any deer carcass that is not initially recovered but located and subsequently delivered to the division.
R657-71-6. Reservation of Division Authority.
(1) Nothing herein shall preclude the division from unilaterally removing wild deer from domesticated elk facilities, consistent with statutory notification provisions.
(2) If the division determines that issuance of a certificate of registration for lethal removal is appropriate, the division may determine the number of deer that may be removed under a certificate of registration based upon the individual circumstances of each request, including but not limited to:
(a) the age and sex of the animals confined;
(b) threats to the wildlife resource; and
(c) potential impacts to the owner or operator.