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Hunting in Utah: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Monday, 14 Dec 2015 07:36 PM

Utah allows hunting dogs to be trained year-round, but the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources asks hunters and trainers to control and monitor their animals during bird nesting season, which falls between April and mid-August.

Letting hunting dogs harass wildlife is illegal in Utah. Here are some regulations to have in mind when hunting in the wild with a dog:

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1. Administrative rule R657-28 in the Use of Division Lands prohibits dogs running loose on DWR lands.

2. Hunting dog training is allowed in DWR wildlife and waterfowl management areas.

3. The Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area in Davis County and Salt Lake County allow dogs in all areas for training two weeks before waterfowl season through February. The Lee Kay Center in Salt Lake County is open to dogs year-round. The Ogden Bay WMA in Weber County has three designated dog training areas that are open Sept. 1 to April. The Willard Bay WMA in Weber County allows dog training in ponds year-round.

4. Dogs are not allowed on some DWR wildlife and waterfowl management areas, unless it is during open hunting seasons. See the DWR website for a list of them.

5. Do not use dogs when hunting big game, except for bobcats and cougars; however, the hunter must be with the dogs at all times. In fact, dogs cannot be used to help take, chase, harm, or harass big game.

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6. You can use one blood-trailing dog controlled by leash during lawful hunting hours within 72 hours of shooting a big game animal that is tracking the wounded animal.

7. Furbearing animals can be a challenge to take, so Utah allows the use of dogs to harvest them from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. Owners and handlers of hunting dogs must have a valid furbearer license on their person while pursuing or harvesting any animal legally hunted by dogs, included furbearers. A licensed hunter who intends to kill the furbearer must be present when the hunting dogs are released. The licensed hunter must stay with the dogs in the hunt until it ends.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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