Obtain OHV travel maps before heading out on bull elk
SALT LAKE CITY — Before heading afield for this year's general bull elk hunt, elk hunters are strongly encouraged to obtain an off-highway vehicle travel map for the area they'll hunt.
"The maps show you where you can ride your OHV, and you can obtain them from the agency that manages the land you'll hunt," said Jim Karpowitz, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "It's important to obtain these maps, because riding regulations sometimes vary in different areas of the state."
The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are the two agencies hunters will contact the most. If you're not sure which agency to contact, Utah State Parks and Recreation publishes a Highlights of Utah's Off-Highway Vehicle Laws & Rules brochure that shows which lands are managed by the Forest Service and the BLM. The brochure also provides telephone numbers so you can call the proper agency office for trail maps. The brochure is available on the Utah State Parks Web site (www.stateparks.utah.gov) or by calling 1-800-OHV-RIDE (648-7433).
"When bull elk hunters, or any OHV rider, take their OHVs off of areas open to their use, all kinds of problems can occur," Karpowitz said. "This type of use can ruin the experience of other hunters, damage habitat vital to elk and cause disturbance that moves animals out of areas we don't want them moved out of.
"It's a situation where no one wins, but it's also a situation that can be easily corrected by hunters obtaining these maps, learning where they can and can't ride their OHVs and then following the rules."
While they're afield, Karpowitz reminds hunters to also watch for posted signs that provide OHV riding information.
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