Starting next year Utah will have two rifle hunts

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Members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved some changes to Utah’s deer and elk hunt during a board meeting Thursday.

The following changes have been approved:

Early-season rifle hunt

The early-season rifle buck deer hunt runs at the same time as the general rifle bull elk hunt. Wildlife officials say if you have a permit for both you can hunt both. They say the hunt is Oct. 10 – 14 for nine of Utah’s hunting units. On the Kamas, Chalk Creek, East Canyon and Morgan/South Rich units in northern Utah, the Nine Mile unit in southeastern Utah, and the Fillmore, Fishlake, Pine Valley and Zion units in south-central and southwestern Utah.

Hunt all three elk seasons 

Bull elk hunters now have the chance to hunt in the archery, rifle and muzzleloader hunts. First hunters must decide if they want to hunt on spike-only units or any-bull units. During the rifle and muzzleloader hunts, hunters must stay on the type of unit they bought a permit for.  Hunters may only take one elk. Permits go on sale July 17.

“Cactus buck” hunt

A special “cactus buck” hunt will be  held on the Paunsaugunt unit. Officials say offering a hunt for Cactus bucks (buck deer that typically can’t reproduce) allows more people to hunt and the chance to take bucks without destroying the population.

Those who draw a permit for the Paunsaugunt unit can take a cactus buck now, but most don’t, opting instead to take one of the massive bucks on the unit.

One of the recommendations that was not approved was a late-season limited entry muzzleoader buck deer hunt on all of Utah’s deer hunting units. Instead, the board approved this on 16/29 of the units.

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