ALL NEWS

Three new laws impact Utah hunters and landowners

Apr 7, 2022, 4:08 PM

Utah hunters...

Utah hunters will have three new laws to keep in mind during hunting season. Photo credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

SALT LAKE CITY — Three of the bills signed into law by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox will impact the activities of hunters and landowners that deal with wildlife in Utah.

Donating wild game meat

H.B. 142 allows hunters to donate wild game meat to either local food banks or other non-profit organizations, with restrictions. According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, if a licensed hunter wishes to donate wild game meat, it must have been harvested legally and can only be donated to the food bank or charity. Hunters cannot sell the meat.

To qualify for donation:

  • the meat must have been harvested from animals that were in good health,
  • the animal must have been field-dressed immediately after harvest, and
  • the animal must be processed by a custom meat processor as soon as possible after harvest.

Road-kill animals cannot be donated to local organizations.

The DWR said that H.B. 142 also created an account where people can donate money to those who process the meat so that they can be compensated for their time and services.

Hunting with an air bow in Utah

S.B. 205 allows wildlife officials to begin the process of determining which other wildlife species can be hunted with an air bow in the state. Currently, hunters can only use an air bow for big game species in Utah. 

S.B. 205 directs the Utah Wildlife Board to determine which other species can be hunted with an air bow. And, it clarifies what kind of air bow can be used, specifically:

  • the bow must be a pre-charged pneumatic air bow that uses compressed air released from a chamber built into the bow,
  • it should be pressurized at a minimum of 2,000 pounds per square inch from an external high-compression source, such as a hand pump, compressor, or scuba tank.

S.B. 205 charges the DWR with reviewing the funding that’s currently available for regulating hunting with air bows and to report back to lawmakers by November 2024.

H.B. 62, big game amendments

H.B. 62 provides guidelines to landowners about actions they can take if wildlife damages crops, forage used by livestock, or their fences or irrigation equipment. With H.B. 62, there are clear guidelines about whether landowners can kill big game animals that caused the damage.

The law also provides limits on how big game hunters in Utah can use hunting guides and outfitters.

Related reading:

 

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

One person died after being struck by a northbound Green Line TRAX train at 1700 South....

Emma Keddington

One person dead after being hit by a TRAX train, bus bridge in place

One person has died after a TRAX incident Monday night.

6 hours ago

Deer Creek Reservoir in Wasatch County pictured....

Emma Keddington

Utah Highway Patrol reports “serious” semitruck rollover at Deer Creek Reservoir

CHARLESTON, Wasatch County — One person is unaccounted for after a semitruck traveling southbound on SR-189 lost control and rolled over into Deer Creek Reservoir Monday night, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.  UHP’s Sgt. Cameron Roden said the semi “lost control and jackknifed… Hit the guard rail and went into Deer Creek Reservoir.”  He […]

7 hours ago

Cass Elliot was a member of the singing group the Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she ...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Fat shaming is not cool

Fat shaming is completely uncool. But it was not always this way.

8 hours ago

one of chad daybell and tammy daybell's children, daughter Emma Murray takes the stand...

Collin Leonard, KSL.com

Chad Daybell daughter says her mother’s health was declining before she died

Chad Daybell's daughter Emma Murrary took the stand as the defense in the Chad Daybell murder trial began presenting its case Monday.

10 hours ago

a helicopter shown, vertiport demonstration tonight...

Sam Herrera

LISTEN: UDOT and USU to conduct vertiport demonstration

The Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University will conduct the state's first vertiport demonstration Monday night.

11 hours ago

former president trump shown, hush money trial ongoing...

Sam Herrera

Prosecutors rest case in Trump hush money trial

Prosecutors rested their case on Monday, turning things over to former President Donald Trump's defense team.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Three new laws impact Utah hunters and landowners