UTAH HUNTING

Waterfowl hunting

2017 waterfowl hunt opener conditions

Browns Park Waterfowl Management Area

Water conditions: Water levels on the Parsons, Bridgeport and Butch Cassidy units will be at or near full pool. River levels are expected to remain around an average of 2,400–2,600 cfs through the fall.

Access: The road is in good condition from Dutch John to the Bridgeport and Parsons units. The swinging bridge in Colorado is closed, so access from Vernal or to the Allen unit is over a very rough jeep trail.

Waterfowl use: Current bird numbers are down compared to historical counts. Youth hunters should expect to see some birds, which typically decoy well. For the regular season opener, hunters will mostly see mallards, green winged teal, wigeon and gadwall. There are some Canada geese using the area right now. Overall, if the weather stays warm in northern Utah, hunters may see fewer birds than in the past.

General information: Hunters should expect to see some canal maintenance on the Parsons side during the month of October.