SALT LAKE CITY — Deer hunters might have a better chance of drawing a buck deer hunting permit this year as biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending more general buck deer hunting permits — a total of 90,950 — for hunts in Utah this fall.
The biologists’ recommendations, which can be seen at wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings/rac/2016-04_rac_packet.pdf, will be open for comment during several advisory council meetings scheduled around the state. Comments can also be submitted by email to advisory council members. Email addresses for council members can be found at wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/rac-members.html.
Advisory council meetings will be held at the following times and locations:
• Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., Springville Civic Center, 110 South Main, Springville.
• Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m., Brigham City Community Center, 24 N. 300 West, Brigham City.
• Tuesday, April 12, 5 p.m., Beaver High School, 195 E. Center, Beaver.
• Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main, Green River.
• Thursday, April 14, 6:30 p.m., DWR office, 318 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal.
Justin Shannon, big game coordinator for the DWR, says 2016 is an exciting time to be a deer hunter in Utah. “The total number of deer in the state is the highest it’s been since the 1980s and a good percentage of those deer are bucks,” he said in a prepared statement. “The average buck-to-doe ratio across Utah — on general season units that are made up mostly of public land — is 23 bucks per 100 does.”
Based on surveys conducted after last fall’s hunts, DWR biologists estimate the state’s deer population at more than 384,000 animals. In 2015, a total of 86,550 permits were offered.