Effective as of February 3, shed antler gathering in ALL of Utah – on both public and private land – has been shut down until April 1.

On Feb. 2, Division of Wildlife Resources Director Greg Sheehan signed an emergency order to close shed antler gathering across the state of Utah. The order supersedes a January 31 order, which closed shed antler gathering in only 11 counties.

Why the change?

After the first closure was signed on Jan. 31, concerns were raised about shed antler gatherers moving to counties that were still open, putting additional pressure on deer and elk in those counties.

“Although winter conditions are generally less severe in the southern portions of the state,” Sheehan said, “snowpack is still above average, and deer and elk are stressed.”

Closing shed antler gathering statewide “will eliminate a major source of human-caused disturbance to deer and elk during the periods they are most exposed and vulnerable,” said the order signed by Sheehan.

 

 

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  • Pistolero

    OK, someone help me here. How does it hurt anything for someone to walk through the woods and look for antlers on the ground?

    • Mikial

      Picking up the antlers isn’t the problem, it’s people wandering into the areas where the deer and elk are feeding and unintentionally driving out of the best sheltered feeding areas to where they have less food. It interrupts their feeding and stresses them because they are startled by the people walking around.

      • Hunter259

        totally agree- people driving snow machines, walking, riding horses in winter range, will all scare animals and make them move and expend extra energy where they dont need to- good order!!

  • dawgiron

    Per Wildlife Resources: “Although winter conditions are generally less severe in the southern
    portions of the state,” Sheehan said, “snowpack is still above average,
    and deer and elk are stressed.” The animals are already stressed from the rut and hunting pressures. Just good resource management.

  • Goldrimmer

    We need a license to hunt stupid worthless people.

  • Ross Bielema

    Is there actual evidence that the mass hordes of antler hunters (?) are stressing them, or is this one of those “a hunter once left my gate open” sort of story? Is hiking, XC skiing and other activity banned? This sounds on the surface like another bureaucrat’s overreaction.