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(Provo-AP) -- Hunters planning to shoot an elk or a deer in the Uinta National Forest this fall had better be prepared for some heavy lifting.
That national forest, most of which is located in the mountains east of Provo, is changing its all-terrain-vehicle policy to bring it into line with other national forests in the state.
For the past 15 years, Uinta forest officials have allowed hunters who legally shot big game animals such as deer, elk and moose to use A-T-Vs to retrieve their animals -- a significant convenience because bull elk can grow to 900 pounds, bull moose to almost twice that.
But citing increased damage from A-T-Vs in the backcountry, the Uinta National Forest has adopted a policy that will no longer allow off-road vehicles to fetch big game outside of designated A-T-V trails.
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