Four upland game hunts open on Labor Day

If you like to hunt ruffed and dusky grouse, Jason Robinson has good news: The number of forest grouse in Utah is similar to, or higher, than it was last fall.

You can pursue forest grouse in Utah starting Sept. 2.  Three additional upland game hunts—dove, cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare—also start that day.

To learn where the various species are found in Utah, see the distribution maps on pages 31 – 37 of the 2013 – 2014 Utah Upland Game Guidebook.  You can get the free guidebook at www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks.

Division of Wildlife Resources biologists don’t conduct forest grouse surveys.  But they watch closely for grouse when they’re working in forest grouse habitat.

“It appears the number of forest grouse is as good, or better, than it was last fall,” says Robinson, upland game coordinator for the DWR.  “I think forest grouse hunters will have a good hunt.”

A preview for all four hunts is available on the DWR’s upland game Web page.  You can read the preview at http://go.usa.gov/DczQ.

You can also access the preview at www.wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/hunting/hunting-information/upland-game.html.

Logo courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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