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What’s new this year?
New harvest-objective hunts:
This year,Utah will oer harvest-objective (quota) hunts onthree units. Starting on March 15, you can obtaina harvest-objective permit rom license agents,Division oces and
. You arerequired to complete the bear orientationcourse beore purchasing a harvest-objectivepermit. For more inormation, seepage 7. Forspecic hunt dates and areas, see the hunt tableonpage 28.
Unit closures available online:
Anyharvest-objective unit closures will be listed onthe hotline (1-888-668-5466) and posted at
by noon daily. Closures willtake eect the ollowing day.
New spot-and-stalk hunts:
In 2012, there willbe three limited-entry spot-and-stalk bear hunts.I you obtain a permit or one o these hunts, youmay not use hounds or bait to pursue or harvest abear. For more inormation on these hunts, see thearticle onpage 14. For specic hunt dates andareas, see the hunt table onpage 28.
Extended season or additional units:
Thisyear, 12 hunting units will participate in the ex-tended spring season. This extension gives hunt-ers a better chance to harvest bears that mightotherwise be removed or livestock depredation ornuisance behavior. For season dates and availablepermit numbers, see the hunt tables that begin onpage 28.
New three-year guidebook:
In January 2012,the Utah Wildlie Board approved a three-yearguidebook or black bear regulations. That meansthe regulations in this book will remain relativelyunchanged through 2014. The Division still plansto print a black bear guidebook in 2013, but thechanges will be minor and primarily date-related.
Who makes the rules?
The Utah Wildlie Board passes the rulesand laws summarized in this guidebook.There are seven board members, andeach serves a six-year term. Appointed by thegovernor, board members are not Divisionemployees.The Division’s director serves as the board’sexecutive secretary but does not have a vote onwildlie policies.Beore board members make changes towildlie 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 orboard members, you can nd their contactinormation online at
Wildlie Board members
Jake AlbrechtJohn BairCalvin CrandallBill FenimoreMichael KingDel Brady,
James F. Karpowitz,
Division Director Executive Secretary
MORE HUNT OPTIONS
In early 2011, the Utah Wildlie Board approved the revised Utah Bear Management Plan. The plan’schanges go into eect this year.Under the revised plan, hunters will have more opportunity and a variety o new hunt options.Some units will eature spot-and-stalk-only hunts. Other areas will open to harvest-objective hunts orthe rst time.Biologists will also consider new actors in determining the health and growth o Utah’s bear popula-tions. To read an in-depth article about the changes occurring in 2012, seepage 7.For a complete list o 2012 hunt and pursuit options, see the hunt tables that begin onpage 28.