RAC meetings to determine rules for waterfowl, bobcat hunting seasons

DWR biologists are recommending 4,600 hunting and trapping permits for Utah's upcoming bobcat season. | Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

SOUTHERN UTAH – Hunters are encouraged to attend their Regional Advisory Council meetings with any recommendations they may have on the upcoming waterfowl and bobcat hunting season. According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the 2012–2013 season rules might be similar to last year.

Hunters can read all of the Division of Wildlife Resources’ recommendations for the seasons on the Web.

Here’s a quick summary:

•  Duck and goose hunters could enjoy another long 107-day waterfowl season and another seven duck daily bag limit.

•  Allowing hunters to hunt scaup ducks for the entire season, and to have up to seven scaup in their daily bag limit, is the only change biologists are recommending. Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should let the DWR know if the scaup changes can occur.

• A plan to guide the management of DWR waterfowl management areas along the eastern shore of Great Salt Lake will also be discussed at meetings in the DWR’s Northern and Central regions.

•  Utah’s bobcat trapping and hunting season would mirror last season:

•  A total of 4,600 permits would be offered.

•  No trapper or hunter could obtain more than three permits.

•  The season would run from Nov. 28, 2012 to Feb. 3, 2013.

  • Learn more, share your ideas

After reviewing the ideas, hunters can let their Regional Advisory Council members know their 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 Aug. 16, to approve rules for Utah’s waterfowl and bobcat seasons.

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

Southern Region

July 31, 7 p.m. – Beaver High School, 195 E. Center St., Beaver

Southeastern Region

Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. – Grand Center, 182 N. 500 W., Moab


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