*****MOD NOTE*** The rest of the article was deleted according to the forum rules. It can be found in the link contained in the quote above. **Thanks -LuJonOverhaul of deer regulations called a victory for elite hunters
By brett prettyman
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published Dec 20, 2010 11:03AM
Updated Dec 20, 2010 09:24AM
The moment, critics say, represents everything thatís wrong with the way Utah sets its wildlife management policy.
Byron Bateman, president of the powerful lobbying group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, had just finished speaking before the Utah Wildlife Board as it pondered the stateís most dramatic changes to its deer-hunting laws in two decades. Bateman then walked up to Jim Karpowitz, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and handed him a check for $391,000.
Later that day, the board passed the sweeping overhaul, regulations that were largely crafted and promoted by Batemanís SFW. The changes, which go into effect in 2012, will reduce the number of deer-hunting permits by at least 13,000 annually and dramatically increase the cost of a general-season hunting tag in Utah.
Critics charge that opportunity for the average hunter is being lost at the expense of the well-heeled, who are more interested in trophy animals and believe these new laws are the best way to produce more. And everyone, beginning with the DWRís top big-game biologist, agrees the changes do nothing to address the plight of the stateís dwindling deer herds.