For more than three decades, state wildlife managers have grappled with the problem of greater public demand for elk hunting permits than the resource could provide. Now, an independent coalition of concerned hunters is preparing an innovative proposal to change hunting regulations on five of Utah's most popular “spike only” elk units. Their goal is to improve and enhance the opportunities for elk hunting aside from the general season and limited entry hunts that are currently in place. It is their hope that the proposed plan will prove to be successful enough on the pilot units to be implemented statewide within a few years.
After considerable discussion online and two face to face meetings with input from many diverse and points of view, the following constitutes the proposal in its current form. It will be presented to the Division of Wildlife Resources Regional
Advisory Councils in November, 2007.
Initiative 400 Proposed Regulations
1. Eliminate “spike only” restrictions on 5 pilot units and implement controlled hunts instead of limited entry hunts on those units.
2. Sub-divide units as necessary to enable more precise management.
3. Manage elk to herd objectives, (herd numbers and bull/cow ratios), rather than the existing age objectives.
4. Restructure the hunting seasons in order to move the rifle season out of the rut.
Proposed season dates:
Controlled Archery: Sept. 1-21
Controlled Muzzleloader Season 1: Sept 26-Oct 4
Controlled Muzzleloader Season 2: November 1-9
Controlled Rifle Season 1: Oct 6-10
Controlled Rifle Season 2: Oct 13-17
5. Require mandatory harvest reporting from hunters who obtain controlled hunt permits.
6. Restrict general archery permits on the pilot units to antlerless harvest.
7. Implement a preference point drawing for controlled hunt permits separate from the limited entry drawing. Applicants would apply in only one of the two drawings each year. Applicants could not obtain a preference point in the controlled hunt permit drawing and a bull elk permit during the same year.
8. The proposal is made for the following pilot program units: North Cache, Wasatch, La Sal, Nebo and Fish Lake
9. These new regulations will be phased in over time. (No specific plans have been made in this regard)
To review or participate in the ongoing dialogue regarding Initiative 400, visit:
Opportunity for interview: April 19, 6:00 p.m. at the Utah Archery Center
For more information, contact:
Bart Hansen proutdoorsbh@
Joey Hogan Feathersnfur@
Cody Colvin mqeqeshe@