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2012 UT Black Bear Regulations

2012 UT Black Bear Regulations

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CONTACT US
Turn in a poacher
Report a poacher by phone, email oronlinePhone: 1-800-662-3337Email:
turninapoacher@utah.gov 
Online:
wildlie.utah.gov/utip
Division oces
Oces are open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mondaythrough 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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HIGHLIGHTS
What’s new this year?
New harvest-objective hunts:
This year,Utah will oer harvest-objective (quota) hunts onthree units. Starting on March 15, you can obtaina harvest-objective permit rom license agents,Division oces and
wildlie.utah.gov 
. You arerequired to complete the bear orientationcourse beore purchasing a harvest-objectivepermit. For more inormation, seepage 7. Forspecic 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
wildlie.utah.gov/bear 
by noon daily. Closures willtake eect 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 inormation on these hunts, see thearticle onpage 14. For specic 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 Wildlie 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 Wildlie 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 onwildlie policies.Beore board members make changes towildli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 orboard members, you can nd their contactinormation online at
wildlie.utah.gov 
.
Wildlie Board members
Jake AlbrechtJohn BairCalvin CrandallBill FenimoreMichael KingDel Brady,
Chair 
Ernie Perkins,
Vice Chair 
James F. Karpowitz,
Division Director Executive Secretary 
MORE HUNT OPTIONS
In early 2011, the Utah Wildlie Board approved the revised Utah Bear Management Plan. The plan’schanges go into eect 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.

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