DWR Press Release
Three days of upland game hunting fun starts Sept. 19. That’s the first day of Utah’s three-day youth chukar and gray partridge hunt.
Those who were 17 years of age or younger on July 31, 2015 can participate in the hunt. And, for the second year in a row, young people who haven’t completed a Hunter Education course can still participate through a new program in Utah.
Utah’s new Trial Hunting program allows someone 21 years of age or older to take a person 12 to 17 years old hunting, even if the 12- to 17-year-old hasn’t completed a Hunter Education course.
More information about the Trial Hunting program is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/trial.
Take a kid hunting
Bill Bates, Wildlife Section chief for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said the Sept. 19-21 youth chukar and gray partridge hunt is a great way to introduce young people to upland game hunting. “The hunt will be the first time the birds have been hunted this fall,” he explained “So, they won’t be quite as wary as they’ll be later in the season. Also, the birds tend to stay closer together and rely more on water in early fall. Finding a good water source can get you into plenty of birds.”
A big plus for the young hunter is a chance to get complete attention from an older hunter. “Unless you’re younger than 18,” he said, “you can’t hunt during the youth hunt. That allows you to give your undivided attention to the youth hunter you take.”
Bates encourages you to take a kid hunting Sept. 19, 20 or 21.”The hunt provides a great way to pass the tradition of upland game hunting on to the next generation,” he said.
Shooting on Sept. 19 starts at 6:42 a.m. Here’s how to participate in the hunt:
If you’ve completed a Hunter Education course, you had to be 17 years of age or younger on July 31, 2015. You must also have a current hunting license. If you’re under the age of 16, you must be accompanied by an adult. If you’re 16 or 17 years old, you can hunt without adult supervision.
If you haven’t completed a Hunter Education course, you had to be between 12 and 17 years of age on July 31. You must also have a current hunting license and be accompanied by someone 21 years of age or older. In addition, you must complete a brief online Trial Hunting Program Orientation course before Sept. 19. The orientation course is among the items available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/trial.
More information about the youth chukar and gray partridge hunts is available on page 12 of the 2015-2016 Utah Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook. The free guidebook is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks.