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The duck-pair counts also showed increases ormany species. Pintail numbers, or example, were 26percent higher than last year and 10 percent abovetheir long-term average. Despite these improve-ments, pintails still haven’t reached their populationobjective, which is why harvest limits remain thesame or the 2011–2012 season.Overall, the outlook or Utah waterowl huntersis very positive. You’ll nd water in many places thatwere dry last year, and the hunting should be greator most species.
Season change or light geese
: In March 2012,there will be an earlier season or light geese outsideo the North Goose Zone. The season will run romMarch 1–10, 2012. For a complete list o hunt datesand bag limits, see page 23.
You must register in the HIP every season:
You must obtain a Migratory Bird Harvest Inorma-tion Program (HIP) number or the 2011–2012 sea-son to hunt waterowl in Utah this all. Your numberrom last season won’t work. The HIP number youobtain or the 2011–2012 season is valid rom March11, 2011 through March 10, 2012. Please see page 8or more inormation.
Buy your license over the phone:
You can nowbuy a Utah hunting or combination license over thetelephone. Just call 1-800-221-0659. The line isstaed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addi-tion to the ee or the license, you’ll also be charged a$2 transaction ee or each item you buy.
Beore hunting in anarea, make sure you can retrieve the birds you shoot.Because o mud or deep water, you may need chestwaders, a dog or a boat. Not attempting to retrieveyour waterowl could result in a citation.
I you draw a 2011 swan permit,you are required to submit a harvest report. You mustsubmit this inormation, even i you don’t hunt orharvest a swan. Failure to complete a harvest reportmay aect your eligibility to apply or the 2012Jake AlbrechtJohn BairCalvin CrandallBill FenimoreMichael King
Wildlie Board members
James F. Karpowitz,
Division Director Executive Secretary
Who makes the rules?
The Utah Wildlie Board passes the rules andlaws summarized in this guidebook.There are seven board members, and eachserves a six-year term. Appointed by the governor,board members are not Division employees.The Division’s director serves as the board’sexecutive secretary but does not have a vote onwildlie policies.Beore board members make changesto wildlie rules, they listen to recommendationsrom Division biologists. They also receive inputrom the public and various interest groups viathe regional advisory council (RAC) process.I you have eedback or suggestions or boardmembers, you can nd their contact inormationonline at
GREAT CONDITIONS FOR WATERFOWL
Above-normal precipitation across the prairies o the United States and Canada should provide morebirds or you to hunt this all.Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlie Serviceconducts pond counts and duck-pair counts in thesame areas across the country.This past spring, the pond count in the U.S. Prai-rie region was 100 percent above last year’s count.The additional water provides avorable conditionsor breeding waterowl.
What’s new this season?
New ee or swan permit:
Starting this year,there will be a $15 ee or each swan permit. For acomplete list o license and permit ees, see page 5.