Utah Unveils 2018 Big Game Quotas, Seeks Public Input

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Beginning March 19, the Utah Division of Wildlife Services (DWR) plans to have all of its 2018 big game permit recommendations available online.

“If you enjoy hunting or viewing big game, it’s a great time to live in Utah,” said Covy Jones, DWR big game coordinator.

Proposed quotas for elk are the same are slightly higher than a year ago.

2017

General any bull elk

15,000

Youth any bull elk

500

General spike bull elk

15,000

Limited-entry bull elk

2,833

Cow elk, public draw

9,830 

Cow elk, private lands only

8,790

2018

General any bull elk

15,000

Youth any bull elk

500

General spike bull elk

15,000

Limited-entry bull elk

2,892

Cow elk, public draw

10,090

Cow elk, private lands only

9,105

Buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull moose and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep are among the animals for which DWR biologists are recommending a permit increase.

A series of public meetings are scheduled to allow sportsmen and women to provide public comment.

Go here for more information including times and locations of public meetings, and to view all of the big game quota numbers.

(Photo source: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)