From the Utah Division of Wildlife Services - Deer hunting permits reduced slightly
Salt Lake City, Utah
Permits to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall have been reduced slightly in number - Photo by Mike Keller.
— 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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