Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Launches Massive Patrol Effort

Utah conservation officers need your help in stopping poachers.

DWR officers have launched a massive patrol effort. Their goal? Protect mule deer on winter ranges in Utah.
DWR officers have launched a massive patrol effort. Their goal? Protect mule deer on winter ranges in Utah.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)

Salt Lake City, UT -(AmmoLand.com)- This winter is not a good time to try to kill a mule deer illegally in Utah.

Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are conducting massive patrols on ranges on which deer congregate in the winter. They're conducting the patrols with one goal in mind: to protect Utah's mule deer from poachers.

Tony Wood, chief of the DWR's Law Enforcement Section, says in the winter, deer congregate on ranges at lower elevations. As large groups of deer bunch together, they provide poachers with an enticing target. But the deers' behavior helps wildlife officers too: it directs them to areas where poaching will most likely happen.

Officers aren't focusing their efforts entirely on popular winter ranges, though.

“If there's an area in Utah that attracts mule deer in the winter,” Wood says, “we're watching it.”

Wood encourages you to get involved.

“This winter,” he says, “before you travel to an area where deer congregate, program 1-800-662-3337 into your cell phone. That's our Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline number. If you see anything suspicious, call us. The hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Patrol efforts:

Wood says DWR officers are doing the following this winter:

  • Patrolling winter ranges at night. Officers are conducting these patrols on land and from the air.
  • Conducting saturation patrols that put several DWR officers on the same piece of winter range at the same time.

Wood says winter range patrols are underway across Utah. The patrols will continue until the deer shed their antlers this spring.

Poachers take a big toll:

So far in 2015, wildlife officers have documented the illegal killing of 208 mule deer in Utah.

Most of the deer were bucks. The antlers on 16 of the bucks were big enough to place the deer in a trophy category.

“If you're a hunter or someone who enjoys watching deer,” Wood says, “you would have been thrilled to have taken or seen any of these bucks. Poachers took that chance from you.”

The monetary value of the animals to Utah's citizens is $204,800.

About the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR):

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is part of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In addition to managing and protecting Utah’s wildlife, we manage hunting and fishing opportunities within the state.

For more information, visit www.wildlife.utah.gov.

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Poachers should lose their weapons, vehicles, hunting rights for 10 years (1st offense, life for 2nd) fined 10K min and do 3 years in jail.

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I’m in NC so I can’t volunteer.

Poachers should be jailed for five years.

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Way to go Utah!!! I will volunteer for these searches if the ask me!!!!