A misprint on the waterfowl hunting proclamation for the Ute Indian reservation could create legal problems for duck and goose hunters, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent says.
Special agent Dominic Domenici said the hunting proclamation incorrectly says the duck season will close Jan. 2 and the goose season on Jan. 8.Actually, the duck season closed on Dec. 5, and the goose season will close the evening of Jan. 1 - the same times as the rest of the state, Domenici said.
He said the Utes printed their proclamation before the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources set the hunting seasons and assumed the dates would be the same as last year. However, the state changed the dates.
Despite the error in the proclamation, he said law enforcement officers will confiscate the game of anyone caught hunting out of season on the reservation.
The decision whether to prosecute will be made by the U.S. attorney's office on a case-by-case basis, Domenici said.