It's become easier than ever for big game hunters in Utah to find boundary maps for areas they want to hunt. Maps for all of Utah's big game public hunting units are now available on the District of Wildlife Resources Web site.
The move to create the maps and put them online is part of a continuing effort by the DWR to make it easier for big game hunters to find and understand the state's big game hunting rules.
For the past nine months, DWR wildlife biologist and mapping specialist Gary Ogborn has worked with biologists across Utah to create and compile big game hunt boundary maps in a way that allowed the maps to be placed on the DWR's Web site for all to see.
Ogborn completed boundary maps for Utah's antlerless hunts in time for this year's antlerless permit application period, which ends June 20. With the completion of the antlerless hunt boundary maps, all of Utah's big game hunt boundaries are now available online.
An area Ogborn is working on now is the creation of boundary maps for Utah's Cooperative Wildlife Management Units, which are units that consist of private land.
"These are important maps because they'll help hunters know the areas they're not supposed to be on," Ogborn said. "Hopefully we'll have them available online before this fall's hunts."
Karen Caldwell, an information technician for the DWR who worked on digitizing maps for the division's Northern Region, is excited about the maps being available online. "It will really help sportsmen see the boundaries and determine if the area they want to hunt in is in that boundary," she said.