Hunting is the main tool used by Deseret Land & Livestock (DLL) to maintain big game herds at population levels in balance with the range resources. About 10% of elk, mule deer, pronghorn and moose populations are harvested annually (link to fee vs free hunt chart). Management goals include robust populations in good body condition, with good reproductive rates and a high percentage of males in the herd. Native predators are also managed on the ranch, and play a role in maintaining a healthy balance between foragers and healthy range.
DLL hunts are conducted to minimize stressed and wounded animals. Hunters are required to pass a shooting proficiency test, obey wildlife laws and conduct themselves safely and ethically.
Although hunting is a key means of generating ranch revenue, 70% of hunters on DLL each year are given free hunting access. For information about free access hunts on DLL, visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website and the Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit website.
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