Utah – Hot, Dry Summer Dampens Mild Winter Gains

Forecast: Utah faced an extremely mild winter, but as spring turned to summer, a hot, dry summer settled in across much of Utah. Because of the lack of precipitation and increased heat, Utah should expect to see an average to below average hunting season, according to Jason D. Robinson, Upland Game Project Leader with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Hunters should look to the southern part of state for Gambel's and the northeast part of state for California quail. Last year, nearly 1,600 hunters bagged 5,151 combined Gambel’s and California quail in Utah. Uinta Basin on the eastern side of the state may prove to be this year’s quail hunting hotspot, specifically Washington County.

Season Dates: November 3 through December 31, 2012
Daily Bag Limit: 5
Possession Limit: 15
Field Notes: The Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative is continuing to complete quail projects statewide. Also, Utah has a four-year old Walk-in-Access program providing opportunities for sportsmen and incentives for landowners. Landowners are encouraged to participate in the state's Walk-in-Access program.

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