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2011-2012 Utah Waterfowl Hunting Regulations

2011-2012 Utah Waterfowl Hunting Regulations

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CONTENTS
HighlightsWho makes the rules?Take a closer look at the rulesFeesKey datesBasic requirementsAdults must accompany younghuntersHave you passed hunter education?Burning phragmites during thehuntDo you need a ederal stamp?Do you have a HIP number?Swan huntingSwan permits or youthAvian diseases in UtahDid it get wet? Decontaminate it!Applying as a groupPost-hunt requirementsSwan harvest reportingField requirementsFirearms and archery tackleMake sure you're in rangeAre you allowed to possess aweapon?Hunters with disabilitiesHunting methodsBoating laws and rulesClosed areasTrespassingPossession and transportationCheckpoints and ocer contactsSpecial regulations or nationalwildlie reugesSeason dates and bag andpossession limits Youth hunting dayShow courtesy during goose huntMercury and ducksNorth Goose Zone boundaryShooting hoursWaterowl identicationDenitions334556667889910111111121313131415151618191921212323242425262942
 
CONTACT US
Division oces
Oces are open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.,Monday through Friday
 Salt Lake City 
1594 W North TempleBox 146301Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301801-538-4700
Central Region
1115 N Main StreetSpringville, UT 84663801-491-5678
Northeastern Region
152 E 100 NVernal, UT 84078435-781-9453
Northern Region
515 E 5300 SOgden, UT 84405801-476-2740
 Southeastern Region
319 N Carbonville Road, Ste APrice, UT 84501435-613-3700
 Southern Region
1470 N Airport RoadCedar City, UT 84721435-865-6100
Washington County (Field Ofce)
451 N SR-318Hurricane, UT 84737435-879-8694
 
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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 waterowl huntersis very positive. You’ll nd water in many places thatwere dry last year, and the hunting should be greator 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.
Also remember
 You must register in the HIP every season:
 You must obtain a Migratory Bird Harvest Inorma-tion Program (HIP) number or the 2011–2012 sea-son to hunt waterowl in Utah this all. Your numberrom 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 8or more inormation.
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 isstaed 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.
Retrieving waterowl:
Beore 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 waterowl could result in a citation.
Swan reporting:
I you draw a 2011 swan permit,you are required to submit a harvest report. You mustsubmit this inormation, even i you don’t hunt orharvest a swan. Failure to complete a harvest reportmay aect your eligibility to apply or the 2012Jake AlbrechtJohn BairCalvin CrandallBill FenimoreMichael King
Wildlie Board members
Del Brady,
Chair 
Ernie Perkins,
Vice Chair 
James F. Karpowitz,
Division Director Executive Secretary 
Who makes the rules?
The Utah Wildlie 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 onwildlie policies.Beore board members make changesto wildlie rules, they listen to recommendationsrom Division biologists. They also receive inputrom 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 inormationonline at
wildlife.utah.gov 
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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 Wildlie 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 conditionsor breeding waterowl.
HIGHLIGHTS
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.
 

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