Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 35068

This rule was published in the August 1, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 15) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources

Rule R657-6

Taking Upland Game

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 35068
Filed: 07/14/2011 11:30:24 AM

RULE ANALYSIS

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 upland game program as approved by the Wildlife Board.

Summary of the rule or change:

The proposed revisions to the above listed rule remove all references to "proclamation" and replace them with "guidebook"; the amendments also remove any reference to "temporary game preserves"; they also correct the listing of Browns Park and Stewart Lake from a State Waterfowl Management area to a State Wildlife Management area and open Manti Meadows and Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve to upland game hunting during designated waterfowl hunting seasons.

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 is basic housekeeping; it does not make any changes that would impact workload or process. Therefore, the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) determines that the proposed changes to the rule do not create a cost or savings impact to the state budget or DWR's budget and can be carried out with current personnel and budget.

local governments:

None--Since this amendment has no negative impact on individual hunters or the local governments, the division finds that this ruling 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.

small businesses:

This amendment cleans up some language issues as well as opens two additional upland game hunting areas during designated waterfowl seasons and therefore 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 cleans up some language issues as well as opens two additional upland game hunting areas during designated waterfowl seasons and therefore does not have the potential to generate a cost or savings impact to sportsmen or other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

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 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
Wildlife 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 stacicoons@utah.gov

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:

08/31/2011

This rule may become effective on:

09/07/2011

Authorized by:

James Karpowitz, Director

RULE TEXT

R657. Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources.

R657-6. Taking Upland Game.

R657-6-1. Purpose and Authority.

(1) Under authority of Sections 23-14-18 and 23-14-19 and in accordance with 50 CFR 20, 2004 edition, which is incorporated by reference, the Wildlife Board has established this rule for taking upland game.

(2) Specific season dates, bag and possession limits, areas open, number of permits and other administrative details that may change annually are published in the [Upland Game Proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey.

 

R657-6-3. Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information Program.

(1) A person must obtain a Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number to hunt migratory game birds.

(2)(a) A person may call the telephone number or register online as published in the [proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey to obtain their HIP registration number.

(b) A person must write their HIP registration number on their current valid hunting license.

(3) Any person obtaining a HIP registration number will be required to provide their:

(a) hunting license number;

(b) hunting license type;

(c) name;

(d) address;

(e) phone number;

(f) birth date; and

(g) information about the previous year's migratory game bird hunts.

(4) Lifetime license holders will receive a sticker every three years from the Division to write their HIP number on and place on their lifetime license card.

(5) Any person hunting migratory game birds will be required, while in the field, to possess a hunting or combination license with the HIP registration number recorded on the license, demonstrating they have registered and provided information for the HIP program.

 

R657-6-4. Permits for Band-tailed Pigeon, Sage-grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse and White-tailed Ptarmigan.

(1)(a) A person may not take or possess:

(i) Band-tailed Pigeon without first obtaining a Band-tailed Pigeon permit;

(ii) Sage-grouse without first obtaining a Sage-grouse permit;

(iii) Sharp-tailed Grouse without first obtaining a Sharp-tailed Grouse permit; or

(iv) White-tailed Ptarmigan without first obtaining a White-tailed Ptarmigan permit.

(b) A person may obtain only one permit for each species listed in Subsection (1)(a), except a falconer with a valid Falconry Certificate of Registration may obtain one additional two-bird Sage-grouse permit beginning on the date published in the [proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey, if any permits are remaining.

(2)(a) A limited number of two-bird Sage-grouse permits are available in the areas published in the [proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey.

(b) A Sage-grouse permit may only be used in one of the open areas as published in the [proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey.

(c) Sage-grouse permits will be issued pursuant to R657-62-[21]22.

(3)(a) A limited number of two-bird, Sharp-tailed Grouse permits are available.

(b) A Sharp-tailed Grouse permit may only be used in one of open areas as published in the [proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey.

(c) Sharp-tailed Grouse permits will be issued pursuant to R657-62-[21]22.

(4) Band-tailed Pigeon and White-tailed Ptarmigan permits are available from Division offices, through the mail, and through the Division's Internet address by the first week in August, free of charge.

 

R657-6-5. Application Procedure for Sandhill Crane.

(1)(a) Sandhill Crane permits will be issued pursuant to R657-62-[20]22.

(b) Residents and nonresidents may apply.

(c) The application period for Sandhill Crane is published in the [proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey.

(2) A person may obtain only one Sandhill Crane permit each year.

 

R657-6-6. Firearms and Archery Tackle.

(1) A person may not use any weapon or device to take upland game except as provided in this section.

(2)(a) Upland game may be taken with archery equipment, a shotgun no larger than 10 gauge, or a handgun. Loads for shotguns and handguns must be one-half ounce or more of shot size ranging between no. 2 and no. 8, except:

(i) migratory game birds may not be taken with a handgun, or a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three shells;

(ii) cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare may be taken with any firearm not capable of being fired fully automatic; and

(iii) [a person hunting upland game on a temporary game preserve as defined in Rule R657-5 may not use or possess any broadheads unless that person possesses a valid big game archery permit for the area being hunted;

(iv) only shotguns, firing shot sizes no. 4 or smaller, may be used on temporary game preserves as specified in Rule R657-5; and

(v)] Sandhill Crane may be taken with any size of nontoxic shot.

(b) Crossbows are not legal archery equipment for taking upland game, except as provided in Rule R657-12.

(3) A person may not use:

(a) a firearm capable of being fired fully automatic; or

(b) any light enhancement device or aiming device that casts a visible beam of light.

 

R657-6-8. Use of Firearms and Archery Tackle on State Wildlife Management Areas.

(1) A person may not possess a firearm or archery tackle, except during the specified hunting seasons or as authorized by the Division on the following wildlife management areas: Bear River Trenton Property Parcel, Browns Park, Bud Phelps, Castle Dale, Huntington, James Walter Fitzgerald, Mallard Springs, Manti Meadows, Montes Creek, Nephi, Pahvant, Redmond Marsh, [Richfield,] Roosevelt, Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve, Stewart Lake, Vernal, and Willard Bay.

(2) The firearm restrictions set forth in this section do not apply to 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 wildlife.

 

R657-6-9. Use of Firearms and Archery Tackle on State Waterfowl Management Areas.

(1) A person may not possess a firearm or archery tackle, except during the specified waterfowl hunting seasons or as authorized by the Division on the following waterfowl management areas: Bicknell Bottoms, Blue Lake, [Brown's Park,] Clear Lake, Desert Lake, Farmington Bay, Harold S. Crane, Howard Slough, Locomotive Springs, Mills Meadows, Ogden Bay, Powell Slough, Public Shooting Grounds, Salt Creek, [Stewart Lake,] and Timpie Springs.

(2) During the waterfowl hunting seasons, a shotgun is the only firearm that may be held in possession.

(3) The firearm restrictions set forth in this section do not apply to 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 wildlife.

 

R657-6-10. Shooting Hours.

(1)(a) Except as provided in Subsection (b), shooting hours for upland game are as follows:

(i) Band-tailed Pigeon, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, and Sandhill Crane may be taken only between one-half hour before official sunrise through official sunset.

(ii) Sage-grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Blue Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Chukar Partridge, Hungarian Partridge, pheasant, quail, cottontail rabbit, and snowshoe hare may be taken only between one-half hour before official sunrise through one-half hour after official sunset.

(b) A person must add to or subtract from the official sunrise and sunset depending on the geographic location of the state. Specific times are provided in a time zone map in the [proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey.

(2) A person may not discharge a firearm on state owned lands adjacent to the Great Salt Lake, state waterfowl management areas or on federal refuges between official sunset through one-half hour before official sunrise.

 

R657-6-12. Falconry.

(1)(a) Falconers must obtain an annual hunting or combination license and a valid falconry certificate of registration or license to hunt upland game and must also obtain:

(b) a Band-tailed Pigeon permit before taking Band-tailed Pigeon;

(c) a Sage-grouse permit before taking Sage-grouse;

(d) a Sharp-tailed Grouse permit before taking Sharp-tailed Grouse;

(e) a White-tailed Ptarmigan permit before taking White-tailed Ptarmigan; or

(f) a Sandhill Crane permit before taking Sandhill Crane.

(2) Areas open and bag and possession limits for falconry are provided in the [proclamation]guidebookof the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey.

 

R657-6-21. Closed Areas.

A person may not hunt upland game in any area posted closed by the Division or any of the following areas:

(1) Salt Lake International Airport boundaries as posted.

(2) Incorporated municipalities: Most of the incorporated areas of Alta, a portion of Davis County, Garland City, Layton, Logan, Pleasant View City, South Ogden City, Syracuse City, West Jordan, and West Valley City are closed to the discharge of firearms. Check with the respective city officials for specific boundaries. Other municipalities may have additional firearm restrictions.

(3) Wildlife Management Areas:

(a) Waterfowl management areas and federal refuges are open for hunting upland game only during designated waterfowl hunting seasons, including: Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, Bicknell Bottoms, Blue Lake, Brown's Park, Clear Lake, Desert Lake, Farmington Bay, Harold S. Crane, Howard Slough, Locomotive Springs, Manti Meadows, Mills Meadows, Ogden Bay, Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, Powell Slough, Public Shooting Grounds, Salt Creek, Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve, Stewart Lake, and Timpie Springs.

(b) Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge is closed to upland game hunting.

(c) Goshen Warm Springs is closed to upland game hunting.

(4) Military installations, including Camp Williams, are closed to hunting and trespassing unless otherwise authorized.

 

R657-6-25. Season Dates, Bag and Possession Limits, and Areas Open.

Season dates, bag and possession limits, areas open, and number of permits for taking upland game are provided in the [proclamation]guidebook of the Wildlife Board for taking upland game and wild turkey.

 

KEY: wildlife, birds, rabbits, game laws

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Change: [August 10, 2009]2011

Notice of Continuation: June 28, 2010

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 23-14-18; 23-14-19

 


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