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Published: Sunday, Sept. 16 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Sliver Maned Cougar
American Fork, UT

When we are too busy to get into the beautiful outdoors that surround us, we are entirely too busy!

Manti, UT

Too many rules. Too high of penalties if you accidentally break one.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite having millions of acres of outdoor playgrounds, fewer than half of Utahns ages 16 and older get out to fish, hunt or view wildlife.

Those findings, part of a new survey released this week by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, underscore what Utah wildlife officials see as an alarming trend they want to reverse.

"Over time we have been seeing decreases in the number of people who fish or hunt or are participating in wildlife viewing," said Dean Mitchell, conservation outreach chief for the state Division of Wildlife Resources. "That is a concern."


How do they tally up those of us you are just "viewing"?

My thinks this is some sort of sour grapes about lost revenues,
I I suspect the next step will be to start charging people by making them purchase a "viewing" license or ticket like they do in National Parks

I don't suppose those of us young one's who grew up after listening to President Kimball's talk about hunting had anything to do with it.


The DWR, the RAC, and the Legislature have alienated all hunters with their regulations, poor management, lack of deer, and resource officers who would rather write a ticket than use common sense. And then they wonder why the hunter numbers are down. People are fed up. They would rather go to neighboring states then put up with Utah's DWR nonsense.

Cedar Hills, UT

I remember in high school having the deer hunt holiday. This was in the late 1970's. Everyone hunted so the school district just made a holiday. I think they called it the harvest holiday but the harvest was for venison. Now nobody hunts it seems. Family traditions that go back generations are gone. Very sad. Most kids never actually shot anything but being with dad, uncles, brothers, cousins etc... in this beautiful time of year around the camp fire was priceless. Today - I even see many kids who are cluess about the outdoors period. The great outdoors has been replaced by the internet and the iPhone.

Highland, UT

@LDS Liberal

"I I suspect the next step will be to start charging people by making them purchase a "viewing" license or ticket like they do in National Parks."

They already do that, when was the last time you tried to drive up American Fork Canyon? That has been a "fee area" for about 15 years or so. Technically you don't have to pay it, if you tell the toll takers at the mouth of the canyon that you are just driving through they cannot charge you. But when you do that they will get indignant, like you're trying to rip off the government, and tell you that if you stop for any reason whatsoever while driving through, that you will be ticketed and prosecuted.

As far as your take on President Kimball and hunting is concerned, well his comments have been distorted for a long time. It seems perhaps you have been either taken in by the distortions or else one of those propagating them.

Allen, TX

Why on earth would they go out in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings and enjoy nature and commune with God?

Don't you know there's an APP for that?

St. George, Utah

"Now that hunting isn't something required for survival it is no surprise fewer are participating in the activity. The only reason to hunt in this day and age is purely for the fun of it."
There is a skill to hunting, I love venison, fresh liver and onions ect. That you can't match or get in the store. I remember a few years ago people asking why garden? you can get it in the store cheeper! now with all the concerns of the tainted food supply more people are trying to learn how to garden again, those that kept up the skill all along has reaped a great benefit, health wise and are further along with harvest of food. The same goes for the hunting skill some day we may need it for survival and the skills will not be there. At age 8 I was taught to carry a bb gun,for half a day of opening, age 10 a pellet gun, age 12 a 22 with a small game licence. At 8 on I was held to the same standards and accountablity in handling a gun as my older borthers carring high powered rifle.

Clearfield, UT

I love to fish. The rules are so complex at Strawberry I avoid it. I agree with many of the posts on here. To many rules, can't use this, can't fish here because it is private property. Remember when someone had to file a lawsuit to fish from the banks of a public river. The courts ruled in their favor and the legislature passed a law to overturn it. I can remember when the deer hunt was a big event in Utah. Not anymore. Utah is a state controlled by right wing republicans who cater to the whims of wealthy landowners. Everyone else can take a hike.

St. George, Utah

I tryed to teach my Boys the way I was taught, but the draw came about, even though we were promised a hunt every 3 years at times it was 5 yrs before we drew out. We used to be able to hunt anywhere in the state and we had two week ends, I would hunt after school or work, If I had business up state I would take an extra day and do little hunting expeditions going up and back. Then the hunt time shortend and the areas you could hunt in got smaller, I have not lost interest I have great memories. Now with the application fee each year I just dont see it worth trying anymore in Utah. It has gotten almost impossible to find places you can even go target practicing any more without going and paying at a shooting range because all the lands are now off limits. I have friends that have stoped trying and gone to other states for their hunts. And where out of state applications get higher priority than in state (for the money)Utah is looseing the in state interest of keeping up teaching the younger generation those skills.

Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think the state of Utah ought to be encouraging people to hunt. That is appalling. Let it die out.

Draper, UT

I can personally pinpoint what lead to my decision not to get a fishing license in Utah. There are a lot of good waters to fish along the Wasatch, but I don't enjoy fishing in a crowd. I was able to find the fishing solitude I was looking for fishing weekdays. A few years ago, the laws changed relating to stream access on private lands. With the change in the law, I could no longer stand in the water on these properties.

I threw in the towel. Now I needed a plat map to determine property line boundaries. Getting into and out of the water to go around was not a hassle I wanted in my fishing experience. In the back of my mind, I would continually have to worry I had entered the water in a public area and inadvertently crossed a private boundary as I was wading upstream. It was just too much and no longer worth paying for a license. This may have had some impact on fishing licenses here in Utah. I know it reduced the count by at least one.

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