SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Wildlife Board recently approved several changes and new hunts for 2019.
The changes were proposed in October and were approved on Thursday in a meeting in Salt Lake City, according to a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources news release. Wildlife biologists said several big game populations were thriving in the state and recommended the new hunts and other changes to give hunters more opportunities.
Here are some of the new hunts being offered in 2019:
- New bison hunts on the Henry Mountains in southeastern Utah and the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah
- New muzzleloader and archery pronghorn hunts in eastern Utah
- A Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunt on the Oquirrh-Stansbury unit in north-central Utah. Wildlife officials said the hunt would be the first bighorn hunt held on the unit since 2015.
- For the first time ever, once-in-a-lifetime archery bighorn sheep hunts will be offered for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep on the Newfoundland Mountains Unit in northern Utah. Another archery hunt, this one for desert bighorns, will be held on the Zion Unit in southwestern Utah.
Some of the other big game hunting changes include a few extended archery hunts to help reduce the number of deer entering city and town limits in Salt Lake and Utah counties, wildlife officials said.
“The season dates for extended archery hunts are longer than most hunts,” according to the DWR news release. “For example, on most of the extended archery areas, you can hunt deer from Sept. 14 to Nov. 30. You can take one buck deer or one doe deer. A total of nine extended archery deer hunts will be offered in Utah in 2019.”
Here are the four extended archery hunts along the Wasatch Mountains:
- A new extended archery hunt will be held in the mountains near Herriman in Salt Lake County
- A new extended archery hunt will be held in areas around Utah Lake in Utah County
- The boundary of the Wasatch Front extended archery area has been extended to American Fork Canyon in Utah County. The boundary now runs from the Weber/Davis County line all the way to American Fork Canyon.
- A new South Wasatch extended archery area has been established. The boundary for the area extends from American Fork Canyon south to Hobble Creek Canyon.
“The extended archery hunts have worked,” Covy Jones, big game coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said in the news release. “They’ve helped reduce the number of deer that make their way into cities and towns. They’re a great management tool.”
Editor's note: The content from this article was taken from a press release sent out by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. This is not information gathered by KSL.com reporters.