Utah DWR Restricts Target Shooting in 25 Wildlife Management Areas

Photograph: Utah DWR

UTAH, August 6, 2022 (Gephardt Day by day) — The Utah Division of Wildlife Sources and the mayor of seven counties have restricted leisure goal releases to 25 wildlife administration areas throughout the state.

The non permanent restriction was motivated by ongoing drought and the significance of defending wildlife and their habitats from potential fires.

“These lands are bought and managed utilizing cash generated from gross sales of looking and fishing licenses,” says a DWR assertion in Utah. “As a result of wildfires can destroy important wildlife habitats, this non permanent ban will shield Utah Wildlife Administration Areas.”

DWR Director J. Shirley mentioned vital assets go towards “bettering habitats in wildlife and waterfowl administration areas to make them extra helpful to a wide range of wildlife species, which is why these preventive and proactive measures are so necessary.”

“Defending these assets from wildfires is essential to wildlife, and is of nice profit to hunters, hunters, and different wildlife lovers who use these properties.”

Affected areas

Efficient instantly, taking pictures at a goal with firearms, possession of explosives, incendiary or chemical units, or explosive targets shouldn’t be permitted on the next WMAs:

  • Coldwater Creek WMA (Field Elder County)
  • Brigham Face WMA (Field Elder County)
  • Richmond WMA (Money County)
  • Melville Windfall WMA (Cache County)
  • East Fork Little Bear WMA (Hideaway County)
  • WMA {hardware} (interrupt cache)
  • Cinnamon Creek WMA (Money County)
  • Center Fork WMA (Cache County)
  • Henefer-Echo WMA (Morgan and Summit Counties)
  • East Canyon WMA (Morgan and Summit Counties)
  • Camas WMA (prime county)
  • Woodruff WMA (Attain County)
  • Deep Creek WMA (County Reply)
  • Levan WMA (Juab County)
  • Santaquin WMA (Reply County)
  • Triangle Ranch WMA (Gab County)
  • Apple Tree Springs WMA (Sanpete County)
  • Bald Mountain WMA (Sanpete County)
  • Large Hole WMA (Sanpete County)
  • Black Hill WMA (Sanpet County)
  • Christensen Springs WMA (Sunbet County)
  • Fountain Inexperienced Farm WMA (Sanpete County)
  • Six miles WMA (Sanpet County)
  • Twelve Mill WMA (Sanpet County)
  • White Hill WMA (Sanpet County)
  • Wallsburg WMA (Wasatch County)

The non permanent restriction solely applies to taking pictures at a goal with a firearm on WMAs – authorized possession of the firearm and looking will not be affected. Fireworks and explosives Begin Allowed on any WMA in Utah, the assertion says.

Firearm goal taking pictures restrictions will probably be reassessed each two weeks all through the new summer time months. Examine the present standing of restrictions on the Utah Division of Pure Sources web site.

“In excessive drought circumstances, any spark can begin a hearth,” mentioned Eric Edgeley, DWR’s Head of Habitat. “With a goal being shot with a firearm, sparks from steel targets, a bullet or different projectile peeking at a rock is all it takes to create a spark and a hearth. In 2020, two main wildfires within the WMA areas burned a number of Tons of of acres of wildlife habitat and began taking pictures on the goal with firearms.”

Guests to the areas are inspired to maintain their eyes open and report any fireworks or firing of any firearm by calling the UTIP hotline at 1-800-662-DEER (3337), and submitting a report via the UTDWR Legislation Enforcement app or by textual content message 847411. Violations of restrictions can lead to fines of as much as $1,000.


Throughout non permanent restrictions heading in the right direction taking pictures for a leisure firearm, Utahns nonetheless have a number of choices out there for goal taking pictures. DWR has public taking pictures ranges – Lee Kay and Cache Valley – and there are a number of private and non-private indoor and outside taking pictures ranges all through Utah. Discover your nearest taking pictures vary by visiting the DWR web site.

Details about statewide fireplace restrictions and wildfire prevention suggestions might be discovered at Utahfireinfo.gov.