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Published: Wednesday, July 17 2013 4:15 p.m. MDT

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Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

If you think that Utah doesn't have government sponsored lottery, then try and get a resident hunting tag. Plunk down your money and wait for them to say, 'sorry, try again next year.'

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

Still trying to figure out how slaughtering wild game, especially the biggest and the best, enhances my quality of life. Must be a redneck thing.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Hunters and fishermen pay for nearly all wildlife habitat restoration efforts and wildlife protection expenses with taxes (Roberson-Pittman act on sporting goods) and their license and tag fees. Hunters pay for biologists to study and manage fish and game for their protection against disease and starvation. The reason your lakes and streams are full of fish is largely because fishermen pay for the vast majority of fish hatcheries to stock them and the vast majority of habitat improvement projects. The reason there are deer, elk and moose in the forests is because habitat improvement and protection efforts are paid for mostly by hunters. This of course supports song birds and all other wildlife species. Other groups pay next to nothing but complain about the "inhumanity" of hunting.

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

As a non-hunter I appreciate the hunting community's conservation accomplishments in preserving habitat and wildlife. The income to our state is substantial. Those who say it's a red neck thing are willfully uninformed. Because we cannot restore wolf and cougar populations to pre-settlement times, hunting is essential. It is far more humane than having wildlife starve to death or being hit by cars.

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

Demo Dave, We will forgive you because of your political affiliation. The left will never understand wildlife conservation as it really takes place. True conservationists understand what is going on in managing Utah's Big Game. Enjoy your tennis or whatever it is that makes you happy.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

I could not bring myself to shoot a deer. We see them all the time in our neighborhood and they ate my new peach tree last year, but I love them anyway. But I would not vote against hunting.

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