Division of Wildlife recommends new hunts in Utah; public meetings

More mountain goats might mean more opportunities for hunters in Utah next year. DWR biologists are recommending that a mountain goat happen on Mount Dutton. If approved, it would be the first mountain goat hunt ever held there. Undated. | Photo by Tom Becker, courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Division of Wildlife Resources will be holding public meetings throughout Utah, including one in Cedar City, sharing ideas biologists have for changes to big game hunts including some proposed new hunts.

The DWR said as the number of big game animals in Utah increases, so do possibilities for sportsmen and sportswomen in the state.

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending several new big game opportunities for 2017. They include additional management buck deer hunts on the famed Henry Mountains hunting unit in southeastern Utah, a first-ever mountain goat hunt on Mount Dutton in south-central Utah and more chances to hunt deer with muzzleloaders after the general rifle hunt is over.

Biologists will share their ideas at the upcoming series of public meetings.

Learn more, share your ideas

After you’ve reviewed the ideas on the DWR’s propose changes webpage, you can let the Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending an upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them. 

RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Dec. 9 to approve rules for Utah’s 2017 big game hunts.

The Cedar City meeting will be held November 15 at Cedar City Middle School, 2215 W. Royal Hunte Drive at 5 p.m.

Dates, times and locations for the other RAC meetings are as follows:

  • Southeastern Region, November 16, 6:30 p.m.
    John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main St. Green River
  • Central Region, November 10 , 6:30 p.m.
    Springville Junior High School, 189 S. 1470 E. Springville
  • Northeastern Region, November 17, 6:30 p.m.
    DWR Northeastern Region Office, 318 N. Vernal Ave. Vernal
  • Northern Region, November 9, 6 p.m.
    Shepherds Union Building, Room 404, 3848 Harrison Blvd. Ogden


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  • hiker75 November 6, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Well, if we hire snipers they could just wipe out all of the wildlife. Get it over with.

  • Sharron November 15, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    More hunts will equal more revenue but also keep the wildlife population in check. I think the new areas are great. The goat hunt on Mount Dutton will draw a lot of people.

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