Posted Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:42
Make your hunt more exciting while helping waterfowl habitat in Utah
There's still time to be among the first waterfowl hunters ever to complete one — or all — of Utah's waterfowl slams.
There's still time to participate in Utah's first-ever waterfowl slam. Each time you complete a slam, you’ll receive a colored band.
Photo by Blair Stringham, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
And while you're in the marsh completing the slams, you can do so knowing all of the money you gave to participate will be used to improve waterfowl habitat and make hunting even better in Utah.
The Utah Waterfowl Slam challenges hunters to harvest specific types of waterfowl during the 2013–2014 season. This season is the first time a program like this has been tried in Utah.
You can get more information about the program, including how to sign up, at wildlife.utah.gov/slam.
Having fun, helping habitat
Division of Wildlife Resources biologists have outlined four different slams. To complete a slam, you must harvest drakes of the species listed in each category. You'll earn a different color and size leg band for each slam you complete.
In addition to the four slams, everyone who signs up will earn a band for harvesting their first duck, goose or swan in Utah — even if you have harvested one of these species in the past.
"We want to get hunters excited about waterfowl hunting while raising money to improve waterfowl habitat," says Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the DWR.
Stringham says the program should also help hunters sharpen their identification skills and increase the take of underutilized species.
Waterfowl Slam memberships cost $35 for hunters older than 17, and $15 for those 17 years of age and younger. The money raised through the program will fund waterfowl-specific projects, such as restoring the J-Dike at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area (WMA) and improving nesting habitat at the Redmond WMA.
"The projects will provide more habitat for waterfowl and improve hunting," Stringham says. "Overall, it will make Utah a better place for waterfowl."
If you have questions about the Utah Waterfowl Slam, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.
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