File No. 36158
This rule was published in the June 1, 2012, issue (Vol. 2012, No. 11) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources
Taking Big Game
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 36158
Filed: 05/09/2012 06:34:54 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is being amended pursuant to Regional Advisory Council meetings and the Wildlife Board meeting conducted for taking public input and reviewing the big game rule.
Summary of the rule or change:
The proposed revision to the above listed rule amends the requirement for smokeless powder in muzzleloaders, allows for the use of a blood tracking dog to track and locate wounded big game, and adds antlerless elk to the list of permits eligible to take wildlife during a second permits season.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 23-14-18
- Section 23-14-19
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This amendment adds additional opportunity to harvest an antlerless elk, as well as provides sportsmen with additional options for smokeless powder and aid in the retrieval of wounded big game animals. It does not increase workload for the agency therefore, the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) determines that this amendment does not create a cost or savings impact to the state budget or DWR's budget, since the changes will not increase workload and can be carried out with existing budget.
This amendment only adds additional opportunity to harvest an antlerless elk, as well as provides sportsmen with additional options for smokeless powder and aid in the retrieval of wounded big game animals. It does not place additional requirements on individual hunters or the local governments. The division finds that this filing does not create any direct cost or savings impact to local governments. Nor are local governments indirectly impacted because the rule does not create a situation requiring services from local governments.
This amendment increases opportunity to harvest an antlerless elk, as well as provides sportsmen with additional options for smokeless powder and aid in the retrieval of wounded big game animals. It does not have the potential to generate a cost or savings impact to small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
This amendment increases opportunity to harvest an antlerless elk, as well as provides sportsmen with additional options for smokeless powder and aid in the retrieval of wounded big game animals. It does not have the potential to generate a cost or savings impact to sportsmen or other persons.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
This amendment increases opportunity to harvest an antlerless elk, as well as provides sportsmen with additional options for smokeless powder and aid in the retrieval of wounded big game animals. DWR determines that this amendment will not create additional costs for those who participate in wildlife-related activities in Utah.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
The amendments to this rule do not have a potential to create an impact on businesses.
Michael R. Styler, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Natural Resources
1594 W NORTH TEMPLE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Staci Coons at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4718, by FAX at 801-538-4709, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
James Karpowitz, Director
R657. Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources.
R657-5. Taking Big Game.
R657-5-1. Purpose and Authority.
(1) Under authority of Sections 23-14-18 and 23-14-19, the Wildlife Board has established this rule for taking deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, bison, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goat.
(2) Specific dates, areas, methods of take, requirements, and other administrative details which may change annually are published in the guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking big game.
(1) A muzzleloader may be used during any big game hunt, except an archery hunt, provided the muzzleloader:
(a) can be loaded only from the muzzle;
(b) has open sights, peep sights, or a fixed non-magnifying 1x scope;
(c) has a single barrel;
(d) has a minimum barrel length of 18 inches;
(e) is capable of being fired only once without reloading;
(f) powder and bullet, or powder, sabot and bullet are not bonded together as one unit for loading;
(g) is loaded with black powder or black
powder substitute, which must not contain [
nitrocellulose based ]smokeless powder.
(2)(a) A lead or expanding bullet or projectile of at least 40 caliber must be used to hunt big game.
(b) A bullet 130 grains or heavier, or a sabot 170 grains or heavier must be used for taking deer and pronghorn.
(c) A 210 grain or heavier bullet must be used for taking elk, moose, bison, bighorn sheep, and Rocky Mountain goat, except sabot bullets used for taking these species must be a minimum of 240 grains.
(3)(a) A person who has obtained a muzzleloader permit may:
(i) use only muzzleloader equipment authorized in this Section to take the species authorized in the permit; and
(ii) not possess or be in control of a rifle or shotgun while in the field during the muzzleloader hunt.
(A) "Field" for purposes of this section, means a location where the permitted species of wildlife is likely to be found. "Field" does not include a hunter's established campsite or the interior of a fully enclosed automobile or truck.
(b) The provisions of Subsection (a) do not apply to:
(i) a person licensed to hunt upland game or waterfowl provided the person complies with Rules R657-6 and R657-9 and the Upland Game Guidebook and Waterfowl Guidebook, respectively, and possessing only legal weapons to take upland game or waterfowl;
(ii) a person licensed to hunt big game species during hunts that coincide with the muzzleloader hunt;
(iii) livestock owners protecting their livestock; or
(iv) a person licensed to carry a concealed weapon in accordance with Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7 of the Utah Code, provided the person is not utilizing the concealed firearm to hunt or take protected wildlife.
R657-5-15. Party Hunting and Use of Dogs.
(1) A person may not take big game for another person, except as provided in Section 23-19-1 and Rule R657-12.
(2) A person may not use the aid of a dog to take, chase, harm or harass big game.
R657-5-33. Antlerless Elk Hunts.
(1) To hunt an antlerless elk, a hunter must obtain an antlerless elk permit.
(2)(a) An antlerless elk permit allows a person to take one antlerless elk using any legal weapon within the area and season as specified on the permit and in the Antlerless guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking big game.
(b) A person may not hunt on any cooperative wildlife management units unless that person obtains an antlerless elk permit for a cooperative wildlife management unit as specified on the permit.
(3)(a) A person may obtain two elk permits each year, provided one or both of the elk permits is an antlerless elk permit.
(b) For the purposes of obtaining two elk permits, a hunter's choice elk permit may not be considered an antlerless elk permit.
(4)(a) A person who obtains an antlerless elk permit and any of the permits listed in Subsection (b) may use the antlerless elk permit during the established season for the antlerless elk permit and during the established season for the permits listed in Subsection (b) provided:
(i) the permits are both valid for the same area;
(ii) the appropriate archery equipment is used if hunting with an archery permit;
(iii) the appropriate muzzleloader equipment is used if hunting with a muzzleloader permit.
(b)(i) General buck deer for archery, muzzleloader or any legal weapon;
(ii) general bull elk for archery, muzzleloader or any legal weapon;
(iii) limited entry buck deer for archery,
muzzleloader or any legal weapon;[
limited] entry bull elk for archery, muzzleloader or any
legal weapon[ .]
KEY: wildlife, game laws, big game seasons
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
February 7, ]2012
Notice of Continuation: November 1, 2010
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 23-14-18; 23-14-19; 23-16-5; 23-16-6
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