T-dubs -- our deer herds are in worse shape today than 20, 30, 40, 50, or 60 years ago. People (hunters, politicians) are getting desperate.
for how many years have we heard about how many predators prey on deer in Utah? What have Utah's deer herds done for the last 20 years? They continue to decline. The public is getting tired of seeing deer herds continue to decline, but refuse to look at the reality of mule deer in the west. Climate change and human sprawl are changing mule deer populations. Why hasn't the legislature done anything about deer hunting in past harsh winters? Because it's not their jurisdiction! Why are they doing stuff today? Because the whole country has lost their **** minds, and everyone in politics thinks they can do whatever they want -- so you get people with a little bit of power (or backing from people who think they have power), and they cross those lines and try to manage wildlife through legislation instead of through the proper governing agency.
you end up with shed hunting closures, trail camera laws, open season on cougars, and probably some additional hunting closures in the future.
Some of these things are good, and I support. But the road we're taking to get their? It could lead to a bad place...