Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
In 2018, those who obtain the proper permit might be able to hunt bull elk in Utah during all three general seasons.

SALT LAKE CITY — Biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending several new approaches aimed at reducing hunter crowding during the 2018 general rifle buck deer hunt.

The recommendations include holding an early season rifle buck deer hunt; holding a late-season limited-entry muzzleloader buck deer hunt; giving bull elk hunters a chance to hunt all three seasons — archery, rifle and muzzleloader; and holding a special “cactus buck-only” hunt in southwestern Utah. “Cactus bucks” are buck deer that typically can’t reproduce and aren’t contributing to the overall population.

Hunters can see all of the biologists’ recommendations at wildlife.utah.gov. After reviewing the ideas, interested parties can let their Regional Advisory Council members know their thoughts by attending an upcoming meeting or sending them an email.

The comments will then be shared with members of the Utah Wildlife Board, which will meet in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30 to approve rules for the 2018 big game hunting seasons.

The dates, times and locations for the council meetings are as follows:

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• Central region: Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Springville Junior High School, 189 S. 1470 East, Springville

• Northern region: Nov. 8, 6 p.m., Academy Conference Center, 58 N. Main, Brigham City

• Southern region, Nov. 14, 5 p.m., Cedar City Middle School, 2215 W. Royal Hunte Drive, Cedar City

• Southeastern region, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main, Green River

• Northeastern region, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m., DWR office, 318 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal

Email addresses for council members are also available on the division's website.