2016 was a banner year for big Mule deer in the state of Utah; several large bucks were taken on general units that will rival any buck taken on Utah’s world-renowned Paunsaugunt and Henry Mountains. Not only were there big bucks taken, but also as a whole hunters reported seeing more bucks and more deer in general.
What’s been the difference? How did it happen? I don’t believe you can point to any one thing and say, “This is the only reason.” Honestly, the star’s had to align to produce what we hunters saw this year, and they did. No doubt our deer have been the beneficiaries of several mild winters. Without high winter mortality, Mule deer herds can rebound quickly. But to say the DWR and Sportsmen have not played a role in this recovery would simply not be true. I am a firm believer we have all made a difference from the Mule Deer Protection Act, habitat projects made possible with Conservation Permit funds, multiple transplants in all regions of the state. and the direction the Statewide Mule Deer Plan have all contributed to changing the course that Mule deer were heading in our great state of Utah.
We live in a great state. From Blue Ribbon Fishery’s to abundant Big Game and multiple Upland Game and Waterfowl opportunity’s – Utah has it all. SFW is not a single species organization. We are involved in all aspects of our great hunting and fishing heritage.
I want to thank all of you personally for the years of service and support. SFW has grown into the highly effective wildlife conservation organization it is because of you. I am honored and humbled to serve you in this capacity.