Significant changes are being considered for Utah; if you are a waterfowl hunter in the state, pay close attention.
Utah officials are in the process of recommending changes to the waterfowl hunting season for 2016-2017.
After extensive hunter surveys and feedback, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has tabled changes for next year’s hunt. The recommendations that are proposed effect the Youth Mentored hunting program and goose hunting in the state.
The DWR wishes to increase the age for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt from 15 to 17 years of age, a positive change that will allow older teenagers to participate in this mentored program. They have set aside the special Youth Waterfowl Hunt day for Sept. 17, 2016.
Changes are also being considered for the light goose hunting season with the proposed dates running from Oct. 25 to Nov. 30, 2016 and then again from Jan. 16 to March 10, 2017. There will also be changes to the Canada goose hunt, pushing hunting dates to later in the winter over much of the northern part of the state and reallocating most of the northern Utah zone out of the designated Northern Goose area and placing it in the state’s General Goose Area.
The hunt across most of the region would begin Oct. 1 and end Oct. 13, the season would then close and re-open Oct. 22 and run until Jan. 22, 2017.
Utah residents will be able to review the recommendations in an information packet at wildlife.utah.gov/board-rac.html and provide feedback via email to the Regional Advisory Council or at one of the scheduled meetings in each major region. The Council will then provide their recommendations to the members of the Utah Wildlife Board, who will meet in Salt Lake City Dec. 2 to approve the regulation changes for the 2016-2017 waterfowl hunt.
Dates and times for the Regional Council meetings and contact information are the following:
-Northern Region: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m., Weber State University Shepherd Union Building, Room 400, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden
-Central Region: Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., Springville Civic Center, 110 S. Main, Springville
-Southern Region: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., Cedar City Middle School, 2215 W. Royal Hunter Drive, Richfield
-Southeastern Region: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main, Green River
-Northeastern Region: Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., DWR Northeastern Region Office, 318 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal
Comments can also be sent via e-mail.
E-mail addresses for Regional Advisory Council members can be found at wildlife.utah.gov/rac-members.html and you can review the recommendations in the meeting packet found on the website.