ARCHERY HUNT REMINDER
Hunters who obtained a permit to hunt during Utah's general archery buck deer hunt are reminded that they must hunt in the region they obtained a permit for until Sept. 1.
Starting Sept. 2, hunters may hunt in any area in the state that's still open to general season archery buck deer hunting.
Utah's general archery buck deer hunt begins Aug. 15.
"People who live in southern Utah are concerned about the pressure they feel the statewide archery hunt puts on the region's deer herds," said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
"Even though general season archers have been able to hunt anywhere in Utah, many people in the Southern Region believe many of those archers — if not most of them — come to southern Utah to hunt," she says.
Tutorow says requiring archers to hunt in one region during the first two weeks of the season should do two things. First, looking at the number of permits sold for each region will help the DWR know which region most archers want to hunt in. Second, it should reduce the overall number of hunters who hunt in the Southern Region.
"After the first two weeks of the season, archers can hunt on any general season area that's still open to hunting," Tutorow says. "Because some of the hunters will have already taken their deer, fewer archers should be heading to the Southern Region to hunt."
When the chance to hunt statewide occurs on Sept. 2, five units will already be closed to general archery buck deer hunting. The following units will be closed starting Sept. 2 because of the low number of bucks on the units: Central Mountains (Nebo), Oquirrh-Stansbury, South Slope (Vernal), LaSal (LaSal Mountains) and Monroe.
Boundary descriptions for the five units are available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/maps/2009_biggame. Once that part of the site is reached, click on the "General season buck deer units with shorter season dates" selection.
5K RUN AT 10,000 FEET
BRIAN HEAD — The "ULLR 5K Run," a 5K run at 10,000 feet fundraising event, will be held Aug. 22.
The run, sponsored by the Brian Head Ski Team, is "designed to give local southern Utah kids scholarships to participate on the ski team," said Marissa Harding of the Brian Head Ski Team.
The name ULLR comes from the word depicting the Norse god of snow and skiing.
Entry fee is $15, which includes lunch and a T-shirt.
A post-race party will include the "crowning" of the fastest male and female runners, along with prizes from local businesses, discounted summer Sky Lift rides, and a raffle for a 2009-2010 Brian Head Resort season pass.
"The scenic route of the 5K run includes trails through some of the most beautiful country in Iron County. At Brian Head's altitude of 10,000 feet, the run promises to be a great challenge even for the seasoned 5Ker," Harding says. "Only 15 percent of this run is on pavement; trail shoes are highly recommended."
For information, call Marissa Harding at 801-319-8818 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOATING SAFETY TIP
Anyone who is involved in a boating accident on Utah's waterways should contact a Utah State Parks ranger or any other law enforcement officer as soon as possible.
In addition, boat operators must complete and submit a recreational boating accident report to Utah State Parks within 10 days if there is: combined property damage in excess of $2,000, if someone sustains personal injury and receives medical treatment beyond basic first aid, or if there is a fatality.
Required report information includes the boat operator's name, address, accident date and location, the boat vessel number, the boat owner's name and address, and names of fatalities. Accident forms are available online at stateparks.utah.gov/boating/accident.
For additional information, visit stateparks.utah.gov or call 801-538-2628.