Utah wildlife officials use 'robo-deer' to nab poachers, night hunters

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  • cowboybuff Payson, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    We were on the south eastern unit this year, poor poor deer numbers. The deer that were taken made me sick, Babies!!! One in particular that was no bigger than a lab dog. This taken by someone driving a 40 thousand dollar truck. I dont think they needed the meat. Hunters, it is time we stand together. The DWR will never shut down the hunt to re-populate the heard. To much money would be lost. WE need to go to a 3 point or better state wide. Give the bucks a chance to grow a little. DWR officials will say the 3 point or better wont work, Bull !! it worked years ago, I hunted the fishlake area on horse back and never saw dead 2 points laying every where like they would like you to believe. The hunting will never get better in this state for our kids and grandkids if you all dont make a stink, and I mean a big one. The DWR officers will agree, they just dont dare say anything to the uppers on the subject. We need some changes soon, the new hunting units wont help the heards.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 25, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    Warm weather does not account for the fact that there are less than 300 thousand deer here when just 25 years ago there used to be 1.5 million.

    In fact the ones that are still around are purposely sticking close to roads and civilization to avoid predators.

    Fact is that the deer population has been in trouble for quite some time now but people are in denial cause they occasionally catch eating out of their garbage cans.

    Come see me if the cold weather makes you have to stop and wait 5 minutes for the whole herd to cross, maybe then I'll eat crow cause there certainly isn't any deer to eat.

  • jonjon Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    deer are fine it's the weather that's keeping them out of sight. Wait until November they'll be all over the place.

  • jonjon Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    I hate this. I think the DWR could make better use of their time and our money. Actually go out and talk to hunters and check tags. Instead they use entrapment. It's like putting a 100 dollar bill on your porch and when you go to grab it I jump out and scream "Thief" now I get your wallet.

    There's better ways to manage wildlife and have hunters like your efforts at the end of the day. Don't play off of peoples emotions... and no I've never been poaching or know anyone who has done it either, I just don't agree with this method.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    I wonder if this will actually hold up in the court of law. These men didn't actually kill a deer and can't actually be charged for kill one.

    @DUBBLEDUB Just 15 years we would see hundreds of deer driving out to my grandparent's place in Eastern Utah and would sometimes have to stop and wait for the herd to cross the road. Now I can make the same trip several times without seeing one. If you think deer numbers are not down, you're crazy. Fact is, deer in Utah are flirting with extinction.

    We'll need to do more than stop hunting them to turn things around. We need to control the predators as well. And keep a close eye on Bountiful and make sure they don't randomly hire a sharp shooter to take them out again.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    Does the word "Entrapment" come to mind?

  • DUBBLEDUB Scottsdale, AZ
    Oct. 24, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    You don't need to close the deer hunt for any years. And BTW, the numbers aren't that bad. As a resident, I hunted northern Utah for 16 years, moved away for 12, and came back this year to help my friend fill his tag. The deer numbers were at least as good as I ever remembered. Just as many hunters, just as many shots heard, just as many deer in camps. For the record, if you want to boost herd numbers, point restrictions will do just fine without closing seasons - at all. Herd numbers rebound so fast that by closing seasons, they'll reproduce at such a rate that by winter deer are so populous that none have enough to eat, nearly starving the entire herd. Just manage the numbers you've got and leave the seasons open.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    Jeez, the pure lack of decent deer numbers in this state, who can fault a guy for wanting to get a shot off? Just kidding of course, but if things don't change, we all might be hunting "robodeer" because that's all there will be. Close the deer hunt for 5 years and then make it 3 point or better in certain units.