UTAH, August 6, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources and the mayor of seven counties have restricted recreational target releases to 25 wildlife management areas across the state.
The temporary restriction was motivated by ongoing drought and the importance of protecting wildlife and their habitats from potential fires.
“These lands are purchased and managed using money generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses,” in Utah DWR The statement says. “Because wildfires can destroy essential wildlife habitats, this temporary ban will protect Utah Wildlife Management Areas.”
DWR Director J. Shirley said significant resources go toward “improving habitats in wildlife and waterfowl management areas to make them more beneficial to a variety of wildlife species, which is why these preventive and proactive measures are so important.”
“Protecting these resources from wildfires is critical to wildlife, and is of great benefit to hunters, hunters, and other wildlife enthusiasts who use these properties.”
Effective immediately, shooting at a target with firearms, possession of explosives, incendiary or chemical devices, or explosive targets is not permitted on the following WMAs:
- Coldwater Creek WMA (Box Elder County)
- Brigham Face WMA (Box Elder County)
- Richmond WMA (Cash County)
- Melville Providence WMA (Cache County)
- East Fork Little Bear WMA (Hideaway County)
- WMA hardware (interrupt cache)
- Cinnamon Creek WMA (Cash County)
- Middle Fork WMA (Cache County)
- Henefer-Echo WMA (Morgan and Summit Counties)
- East Canyon WMA (Morgan and Summit Counties)
- Camas WMA (top county)
- Woodruff WMA (Reach County)
- Deep Creek WMA (County Answer)
- Levan WMA (Juab County)
- Santaquin WMA (Answer County)
- Triangle Ranch WMA (Gab County)
- Apple Tree Springs WMA (Sanpete County)
- Bald Mountain WMA (Sanpete County)
- Big Hollow WMA (Sanpete County)
- Black Hill WMA (Sanpet County)
- Christensen Springs WMA (Sunbet County)
- Fountain Green Farm WMA (Sanpete County)
- Six miles WMA (Sanpet County)
- Twelve Mill WMA (Sanpet County)
- White Hill WMA (Sanpet County)
- Wallsburg WMA (Wasatch County)
The temporary restriction only applies to shooting at a target with a firearm on WMAs – legal possession of the firearm and hunting are not affected. Fireworks and explosives Start Allowed on any WMA in Utah, the statement says.
Target shooting restrictions with firearms will be reassessed every two weeks throughout the hot summer months. Check the current status of restrictions On the Utah Department of Natural Resources website.
“In extreme drought conditions, any spark can start a fire,” said Eric Edgeley, DWR’s Head of Habitat. “With a target shot with firearms, sparks from metal targets or a bullet or other projectile peeking at a rock is all it takes to create a spark and fire. In 2020, two big wildfires The WMAs burned several hundred acres of wildlife habitat and began shooting at the target with firearms.”
Visitors to the areas are encouraged to keep their eyes open and report any fireworks or firing of any firearm by calling the UTIP hotline at 1-800-662-DEER (3337), and reporting through UTDWR Law Enforcement Application Or by sending 847,411. Violations of restrictions can result in fines of up to $1,000.
During temporary restrictions on target shooting for a recreational firearm, Utahns still have several options available for target shooting. DWR has two general shooting ranges Lee Kay and Cache Valley There are a variety of public and private indoor and outdoor shooting ranges throughout Utah. Find your nearest shooting range by visiting DWR . website.
Information about statewide fire restrictions and wildfire prevention tips can be found at Utahfireinfo.gov.