Public meeting scheduled to discuss hunting in Utah
If you would like to see some big game hunting changes in Utah in 2003, or if there are opportunities in place now that you don't want changed, the Division of Wildlife Resources wants to hear from you. The Division will take ideas for Utah's 2003 and 2004 big game seasons from the public at a series of Regional Advisory Council meetings at the end of March.
"It's very important that people who are interested in big game hunting attend these meetings and share their ideas with us," explains Steve Cranney, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
"Over the next few months we'll be drafting specific recommendations to present to the public and the Utah Wildlife Board this fall. We need input from the public now to help us formulate those recommendations."
Cranney explains that Utah's statewide general archery buck deer hunt will probably be one of the main topics of discussion at the meetings.
"Many of the hunters who hunt the southern region feel the statewide opportunity increased hunting pressure in the region during the archery hunt, and they may want to see some changes made for 2003," explains Cranney.
Cranney has also received comments from people who want the state's general muzzleloader buck deer hunt moved back to November. Also, several people want to discuss ways to get more youths involved in big game hunting. "I expect those topics will generate a lot of discussion at the meetings," Cranney comments.
Whether you're interested in one of the topics Cranney mentioned, or if you have another big game hunting idea for the 2003 and 2004 seasons, he encourages you to attend. "Everyone's ideas are important and we need your input," replied Cranney.
The meeting for the southeastern region is scheduled for March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River. All those who wish to voice their ideas about the hunting regulations are encouraged to attend.