Utah: Statewide Shed Antler Closure

The latest shed antler closure will protect deer, elk and moose across Utah. Photo by Brent Stettler
The latest shed antler closure will protect deer, elk and moose across Utah.
Photo by Brent Stettler
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)

Utah-(Ammoland.com)- Effective Feb. 3, you cannot gather shed deer, elk or moose antlers in Utah until April 1.

On Feb. 2, Division of Wildlife Resources Director Greg Sheehan signed an emergency order. The order supersedes a Jan. 31 order. The Jan. 31 order closed shed antler gathering only in 11 counties.

The Feb. 2 order closes shed antler gathering in all of Utah’s counties — on both public and private land — until April 1.

Why the change?

After the first closure was signed on Jan. 31, concerns were raised about shed antler gatherers moving to counties that were still open, putting additional pressure on deer and elk in those counties.

“Although winter conditions are generally less severe in the southern portions of the state,” Sheehan says, “snowpack is still above average, and deer and elk are stressed.”

Closing shed antler gathering statewide “will eliminate a major source of human-caused disturbance to deer and elk during the periods they are most exposed and vulnerable,” says the order signed by Sheehan.

In late winter and early spring, the antlers of deer, elk and moose fall off the animals’ heads. Then, they start growing a new set of antlers. By mid-summer, the new set is in place.

Everyone can help

If you come across wildlife while you’re out hiking, driving, snowshoeing or recreating in Utah this winter, Sheehan strongly encourages you to keep your distance.

“Do not approach, pick up, chase or handle wildlife,” Sheehan says. “Even if you’re trying to help, it’s not good for the animals, and it’s potentially dangerous for you. If you see something you’re concerned about, please contact the nearest DWR office.”

See the Division website for a list of offices and phone numbers.

For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.

  • 6 thoughts on “Utah: Statewide Shed Antler Closure

        1. You think you should ask permission to pick up and keep something that fell off an animal? You need someone to tell you when you can do it? Are they charging you a fee to do it? If they haven’t yet they will as soon as they can brainwash you into thing THAT is a privledge and not your right. There’s plenty of laws about animal harassment and they are easy enough to understand and follow. This is about control of your public lands and you access and use of them. If you don’t realize that you need to wake up or some schmuck will be telling you when you can breathe. Clear enough for you?

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