From the Utah Division of Wildlife Services - Deer hunting permits reduced slightly

Permits to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall have been reduced slightly in number - Photo by Mike Keller
Permits to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall have been reduced slightly in number - Photo by Mike Keller.
Salt Lake City, Utah — Even though the number of deer in Utah is going up, on May 2, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a slight decrease in the number of general buck deer permits available for hunts in Utah this fall.

A total of 84,600 general deer permits will be available for 2013. In 2012, a total of 86,500 permits were offered.

Division of Wildlife Resources Big Game Coordinator Anis Aoude says even though the total number of deer in Utah is going up, the number of bucks per 100 does is still below the management objective on some of the state's hunting units.

Aoude says two factors determine how many buck deer permits can be offered on a unit: The average number of bucks per 100 does on the unit over the past three years and whether that number has increased, decreased or stayed the same during the three-year period.

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From Winchester Repeating Arms - Super X Pump Marine Defender From Winchester Repeating Arms

Morgan, Utah - The new Super X Pump Marine Defender from Winchester Repeating Arms is ready for any weather while on the water, for home protection and competition shooting.

The SXP Marine Defender features an inertia-assisted action for faster cycling of shells. Matte Hard Chrome Plating on the barrel and magazine tube offers excellent protection against the elements. A drop out trigger group allows for easy cleaning.

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From Browning - On Point Flashlights From Browning

Morgan, Utah - The 90° angle head design of the new On Point and On Point Max gives users a new way to use a flashlight. The design allow the lights to stand vertically on a level surface and features a deep pocket carry clip that rotates 360° for hands free use.

The On Point Flashlight has a 95 yard effective distance, uses one AA battery and features a Cree XP-E LED light. The On Point Max Flashlight has an effective range of 130 yards, uses two CR123A lithium batteries and features a Cree XP-G LED light. Both On Point lights have a High, Low and Fast strobe output setting. To keep the lights on, they feature a lockout tailcap switch.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Free rifle-shooting clinic, competition

.22 rifle shooting event happens April 6

Youth at a free .22 rifle shooting clinic and competition will happen April 6 RICE, Utah — Children, youth and adults will have a free chance to shoot at a variety of moving and stationary targets with a .22 rifle soon. On April 6, the Division of Wildlife Resources, in partnership with Ron and Jeremy Young — organizers of the North Springs .22 Challenge — will offer a shoot at the North Springs Shooting Range south of Price.

Registration begins at 9 a.m.

"The event consists of a number of timed shooting events called stages," says Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR. "A different type of target and objective will be offered at each stage. Trophies will be presented to those who accrue the most points."

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From the Utah Division of Wilderness Resources - Want to gather shed antlers in Utah?

Late winter and early spring is the worst time of the year for elk, moose and especially deer in Utah.

In the winter, deep snow makes it hard for deer to move and find food. And cold temperatures sap the deers' strength. By the time winter ends, deer are usually the weakest they'll be all year.

Winter is also the time of year when male deer, elk and moose shed their antlers. The animals will be without antlers until spring, when they'll start to grow a new set.

Gathering shed antlers

Antler Sheds - Photo by Brent Stettler, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Gathering antlers that drop off of deer, elk and moose is a popular activity across the country, including here in Utah. The downside to shed-antler gathering is that it happens during the worst time of the year for the animals. And it takes place in the habitat the animals rely on in the winter.

"By the time winter ends, the animals are stressed," says Mike Fowlks, deputy director of the Division of Wildlife Resources.

"Also, the habitat is wet," he says. "It's easily damaged. Once the habitat is damaged, it can take years for it to recover."

Fortunately, Fowlks says you can have fun gathering shed antlers without stressing the animals and damaging their habitat.

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From Browning - Browning to Add the BT-99 to its Micro Midas Line

The new BT-99 Micro Midas 12 gauge trap

Morgan, Utah-Browning will expand it's Micro Midas line of youth oriented firearms to include the new BT-99 Micro Midas 12 gauge trap for 2013.

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Explains how Universal Background Checks are the universal registration of your firearms

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Mule Deer Foundation Banquet on Universal Background Checks

Salt Lake City, Utah - On Saturday, February 23rd, NRA Executive Vice President addressed the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City. The following is Mr. LaPierre's response to call for Universal Background Checks:

I know that you, as gun owners and NRA members, deeply care about our Second Amendment freedom in the United States. The Second Amendment is not just words on parchment. It was not a frivolous “suggestion” from our Founding Fathers to be interpreted according to whim. It lies at the very heart of what this country was founded upon. Our Founding Fathers knew that without the Second Amendment, all of our other freedoms could be in jeopardy. Our individual freedoms — that we have as American citizens — are the very essence of America. They are what make America unique.

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Lance Frazier from the Herald Journal has a good interview with the manager of the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range in Logan, Utah, who recently received a grant from Friends of NRA to construct a new range facility.

Logan shooting range manager talks about future of facility

The Cache Valley Public Shooting Range opened in 1991 on Logan’s west side. Known at the time as the Cache Valley Hunter Education Center, the range was small, but over the years it has grown to include shooting options for virtually any type of weapon, and a variety of shooting events for adults and youth.

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Spudz and Gun Slickers from Alpine Innovations on NRAblogOdgen, Utah - Wear glasses? Take pictures? Shoot video? Have a flat screen or a iPhone? Use a scope on that rifle? Then you better have a Spudz.

Spudz are those microfiber cloths wrapped inside a neoprene pouch. The cloth will clean your glasses, wipe your camera lense or erase all those finger prints that are piling up on your iPad. As one who uses a camera and an iPhone quite a bit at work, I'll tell you that I never leave home without it (apologies American Express).

As luck would have it, I ran into David Poppleton from Alpine Innovations at the 2011 Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference in Utah. Alpine is the maker of Spudz along with a comprehensive line of ancillary accessories. Let's just say that I spent a good deal of time thumbing through his collection of cloths.

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