Division of Wildlife Resources offices have recently received numerous inquiries from hunters who purchased a general archery, general season or general muzzleloader buck deer permit, before learning whether they had drawn a limited entry buck permit during this year's Utah Big Game Draw.
Hunters who purchased a general buck deer permit and then learned they drew out for a limited entry permit now find themselves in possession of two buck deer permits. Many of these hunters are making inquires into receiving refunds for one of their permits.Unfortunately, hunters who took this risk will not receive a refund on the general season permit they return, said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator.
Hunters who choose to return a limited entry permit will not receive a refund or a bonus point, and will still incur the waiting period.
Hunters who are in possession of two buck deer permits must, by law, surrender one of the permits, she said.
Hunters may return their surrendered permit in the mail, or in-person, to the Division's Salt Lake Office or to any Division regional office.
GOATS DOING WELL - Recent sightings by DWR biologists and conservation officers confirm the Willard Peak Rocky Mountain goat herd is doing well.
After two years, the herd has at least doubled in number. An aerial survey of the herd revealed 12 goats gathered on the cliffs of Ben Lomand Peak, located a few miles south of Willard. One female goat was sighted with triplets, said Randy Wood, wildlife biologist in the Northern Region.
In addition to the triplets, Wood spotted four other kids, bringing the total number of kids born this year to seven. He was unable to locate an adult billy.
"Goats can really disperse," said Wood, explaining that the missing goat could easily be hidden in the rocks. He explained that the radio collars used to locate the animals with a directional radio receiver had malfunctioned.
The Willard Peak goat herd was established, with assistance from the Box Elder Wildlife Federation, in 1994. Six goats were initially transplanted from Snowbird Ski Resort. The following year, biologists confirmed that one nanny had died. Her death, however, was offset by a single kid born to one of the other nannies.
WILDLIFE PROJECTS APPROVED - Wildlife management areas, big game winter range and the Great Basin Experimental Station were some of the beneficiaries of Habitat Authorization funding recommended at the Wildlife Habitat Council's August meeting. The council reviewed 30 new project proposals and two wildlife management Area plans.
In addition, funding needs for DWR's Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) were reviewed.
"As a result of council recommendations, many acres and stream miles of wildlife habitat throughout the state will benefit," said Dwight Bunnell, DWR habitat development coordinator.
Through the purchase of the $5 Wildlife Habitat Authorization, hunters, anglers and others made funding possible for projects.
The council recommended more than $130,000 be spent to complete projects on 36 management areas. These areas provide wildlife with critical habitat and sportsmen an opportunity to take wildlife during hunting seasons.
"Sportsmen will notice significant improvements in access and habitat quality on WMAs they visit during hunting seasons," he said.
The 1995 Utah Legislature enacted the Wildlife Habitat Authorization to generate money to enhance, acquire, preserve, protect and manage fish and wildlife habitat in Utah, and to improve access to that habitat for anglers, hunters and those who enjoy viewing and photographing wildlife. The money can only be used for these purposes.
MEDAL WINNERS - The five DWR employees who participated in this year's International Police Olympics brought home an impressive number of medals, as well as recognition that the division has some of the best law enforcement marksmen and K-9 teams in the world.
The biannual Olympics, which involve law enforcement personnel from throughout the world, was held in the Salt Lake earlier this month.
"It was great experience, not only from a competitive standpoint but also from the standpoint of being able to share common experiences with law enforcement officers from all over the world," said Mark Bearnson, DWR assistant hunter education program coordinator.
Most of the medals won by Division employees were in shooting competitions.
Chad Crosby, aquatics manager in the Northeastern Region, won the most individual medals, bringing home one gold, three silvers and one bronze. Crosby won medals in 300-meter position, combat pistol, 200-yard unenhanced high power and smallbore 50-meter match competitions.
Bearnson won a silver medal in the masters class of the 300-meter position match.
Pat Lakin, assistant hatchery supervisor at the Whiterocks Hatchery, won a bronze medal in the expert category of the 300-meter position match.
Kent Sorenson, fisheries biologist in the Northern Region, teamed with Crosby, Bearnson and Lakin to win a team silver medal in the 300-meter four-man team category.
The fifth Division employee, and her 10 plus-year-old Belgian Malinois, captured the overall Police Service Dog Championship, winning three medals in the process.
Together with her dog Anka, Becky Fish, conservation officer in the Central Region, won gold medals in the obedience and apprehension events, and a silver medal in the tracking competition.