Waterfowl hunters can improve WMAs
This year, waterfowl hunters can help improve waterfowl management areas (WMAs) while putting a new feather in their cap.
Each time you complete a slam, you'll receive a colored band.
The Utah Waterfowl Slam challenges hunters to harvest specific types of waterfowl during the 2013-2014 season.
This season is the first season a program like this has been tried in Utah.
Division of Wildlife Resources biologists have outlined four different slams. To complete a slam, hunters must harvest drakes of the species listed in each category. They'll earn a different color and size leg band for each slam they complete.
"We want to get hunters excited about waterfowl hunting while raising money to improve waterfowl habitat," says Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the DWR.
Stringham says the program should also help hunters sharpen their identification skills and increase the take of underutilized species.
Waterfowl Slam memberships cost $35 for hunters older than 17, and $15 for those 17 years of age and younger. The money raised through the program will fund waterfowl-specific projects, such as restoring the J-Dike at the Farmington Bay WMA and improving nesting habitat at the Redmond WMA.
"The projects will provide more habitat for waterfowl and improve hunting," Stringham says. "Overall, it will make Utah a better place for waterfowl."
You can get more information about the program, including how to sign up, online.
If you have questions about the Utah Waterfowl Slam, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.