The Utah Wildlife Board approved a few changes to waterfowl hunting — in connection with a new wildlife-related law that was passed during the 2021 legislative session — as well as a few other items, during Thursday's virtual public meeting.
AFAIK, it's always been illegal to construct permanent blinds on our WMAs. From the 2020-2021 guidebook, which is the same as it's been for a long time. Naturally occurring non woody vegetative materials aren't permanent:
Waterfowl blinds on waterfowl management areas Utah Admin. Rule R657-9-34 You can construct and use waterfowl blinds on Division waterfowl management areas (WMAs) as long as you obey the following rules: •Waterfowl blinds may not be left unattended overnight unless they’re constructed entirely of non-woody, vegetative materials that naturally occur where the blind is located. •Live or dead-standing trees and shrubs on WMAs may not be cut or damaged unless the Division gives express, written permission to do so.
I saw a couple of the RAC meetings but passed on the Wildlife Board meeting. As for the waterfowl parts...they just did the very minimum that was necessary to comply with the House bill. Nothing will change. There will be a couple of guys that actually purchase the permit, and there will be no enforcement, and things will remain the same in the marsh. The RAC/Wildlife Board process is badly flawed and of no relevance to many of us waterfowlers out there. I'm a bit jaded on the whole thing I guess.
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