May 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Wildlife Board approves decrease in general-season deer, antlerless permits for 2020 hunts Mountain goat 242 Other proposalsThe Utah Wildlife Board also approved a rule change that will allow over-the-counter bison permits to be sold, and for this type of hunt to be held in southeastern Utah on the Nine Mile, Range Creek Unit, beginning in the fall of 2020. Several hundred bison migrate to this area each year, and there was previously no management plan for the Nine Mile, Range Creek Unit.The wildlife board also approved a few changes to the rule regarding Cooperative Wildlife Management Units. The changes clarify that a CWMU that falls within a general-season unit will be managed more like a limited-entry unit. It also allows reciprocal antlerless hunts across multiple CWMUs and removes the limit on how many leftover reciprocal permits could be donated to charitable organizations. The total number of CWMU permits decreased from 2019 for a total of 1,205.You can watch the livestream of the wildlife board meeting on the DNR YouTube channel. 2020 500 15,000 184 184 74 Bull moose Plan for implementing recently approved H.B. 125 predator billAlso presented in Thursday’s board meeting was a plan for DWR to implement a new, recently approved law. H.B. 125, which became law during the 2020 legislative session, authorizes the DWR director to take immediate action (under certain conditions) when a big game population is under the established herd-size objective for a management unit.As a result of the new legislation, DWR biologists will draft management strategies to decrease the number of specific predator species in certain parts of the state, if deemed necessary. The predator species that prey on big game populations, such as deer and elk, include cougars, bears and coyotes.New data from GPS collars helps DWR biologists determine the cause of death for many species. When the biologists determine that predators are preventing the growth of big game populations, the big game populations are under their management objectives, and several other conditions are met, the predator-management strategies will be implemented.“Predator control may allow a suppressed, low-density deer population to increase,” DWR Game Mammals Coordinator Darren DeBloois said. “These predator-management strategies will only be considered when bighorn sheep populations are under 90% of their management objectives and/or have fewer than 125 individuals in a herd, when a deer population is being suppressed by predators, and when large population declines for big game occur or are anticipated.”Changes after recently approved H.B. 228 livestock depredation billH.B. 228, which was also recently passed during the 2020 legislative session, added a few clarifications to when and how a predator that is killing or damaging livestock can be removed. The DWR will update its current rules for bear and cougar depredation to reflect the following changes: 760 15,000 The bear rule will be updated to allow depredation permits for the removal of bears involved in chronic losses of livestock. 89,900 Bison 2,938 69 1,226 Antlerless deer 2,220 38 Hunt didn’t exist 116 79,675 General spike bull elk New Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep ewe hunt Youth any bull elk Desert bighorn sheep 9,635 General-season buck deer 2019 1,175 Antlerless moose The 72-hour response period following a livestock depredation incident will be changed to 96 hours. 8,060 Management buck deer (including “cactus” buck) Hunt didn’t exist 1,061 1,147 15,000 66 General any bull elk Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep New handgun, archery, muzzleloader,and shotgun (HAMS) limited-entry buck deer hunts Limited-entry deer 31 15,000 107 126 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Wildlife Board approved a decrease in the number of general-season permits for the 2020 deer hunt during Thursday’s virtual board meeting.The current mule deer unit management plans have an objective of 18-20 bucks per 100 does on 18 general-season hunting units and an objective of 15-17 bucks per 100 does on the other 11 general-season hunting units. In order to manage toward these objectives, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a total of 79,675 general-season permits for the 2020 deer hunt, a decrease of 10,225 permits from 2019. Nineteen of the 29 general-season hunting units will have decreased permits, with no changes on the other units.“In 2019, the statewide deer population estimate decreased by approximately 57,000 animals to a total of just over 319,000 deer,” DWR Big Game Coordinator Covy Jones said. “This decrease was primarily due to drought conditions in the spring, summer and fall of 2018, followed by a heavy winter in 2019. Deer populations in areas of the southern and northern parts of the state showed the most loss, with central Utah populations showing the least impact.”The wildlife board also approved a decrease in antlerless deer permits for the 2020 hunting season. The removal of 1,045 antlerless deer permits leaves a total of 1,175 permits for the upcoming season. A new antlerless deer hunt in 2020 was also approved to help address chronic wasting disease concerns, while 11 other antlerless deer hunts were discontinued.“Antlerless deer hunts are designed to reduce depredation on private lands, tackle urban deer issues, address chronic wasting disease hotspots and help slow the decline of range conditions,” Jones said.Statewide, elk populations also decreased slightly in 2019, so the wildlife board approved a decrease in antlerless elk permits, as well. The statewide elk population objective is 78,215, and currently there is a statewide estimate of 76,550 elk. The wildlife board approved 8,165 antlerless elk permits for the 2020 public drawing, a decrease of 1,470 from 2019.Here is a breakdown of the approved permit numbers for all the 2020 big game hunts: Robert Lovell Hunt 1,144 15 80 56 74 Antlerless elk 525 Doe pronghorn 10 500 122 2,948 Premium limited-entry deer 97 Buck pronghorn Written by Limited-entry bull elk
It’s hard enough to make an over-the-shoulder catch. It’s even more difficult to do it with your bare hand. Freddy Galvis made this play look way too routine Saturday. Galvis’ ode to Kevin Mitchell and David Wright came in the midst of a Blue Jays blowout win but was without a doubt the day’s defensive highlight. It takes a lot of guts to attempt a circus catch like that, so Galvis’ pulling it off makes the feat even more impressive. He also had two hits and an RBI at the plate. Not a bad day at the office. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThere were more great moments from Saturday’s rare 16-game slate, even if they didn’t include barehand catches. From a game-ending pickoff to a memorable home run in an MLB debut, here are the five coolest moments from Saturday:5. Raimel Tapia electrifies Coors Field with an inside-the-park home runTapia wasn’t running very hard out of the batter’s box when he drove a ball off Aaron Nola to right-center field. It didn’t matter too much as Tapia successfully made the trip around the bases for a home run the hard way. An assist goes to the Coors Field wall and Roman Quinn’s lack of familiarity with it for making Tapia’s speed display all the more exciting. It’s the outfielder’s first home run of the season, but, hey, it counts just the same as one that leaves the yard. 4. Position players take the mound — twiceIt’s always entertaining when a position player gets on the mound in a game. When it happens twice in one day, that is the jackpot. Kendrys Morales was tasked with finishing off the A’s 10-1 defeat against the Blue Jays. He didn’t have his best stuff, surrendering two walks, a hit by pitch, a single and an earned run. Morales topped out at 85 mph. The Orioles called on Chris Davis to end their suffering in the final inning before they were swept in a doubleheader by the Twins. Former teammate Jonathan Schoop teed off against Davis, but the damage didn’t go much further.3. Red Sox survive on game-ending pickoffBoston’s pitching staff couldn’t hold on after being staked to a 5-0 lead, but it got bailed out by the Rays in the ninth inning.With two on, two out and the Sox up by a run, catcher Christian Vazquez picked Tommy Pham off first base to end the game. It wasn’t a particularly close play, either. Pham owned up to his gaffe after the game, but it’s worth wondering what could have been. Despite the loss, the Rays set a franchise record with four triples. Small consolation in a heartbreaking defeat. 2. Cole Tucker’s debut to rememberThe Pirates called up Tucker, their top shortstop prospect, and outfielder Bryan Reynolds before Saturday’s game to replace the injured Erik Gonzalez and Starling Marte (and try to lift their struggling offense). The immediate results were fruitful.Tucker hit a tiebreaking two-run home run off Derek Holland in the fifth inning for his first major league hit. In a rain-shortened game, that was all Pittsburgh needed to secure the victory.Saturday was the second straight day a player homered in his MLB debut. Lane Thomas accomplished the feat for the Cardinals on Friday. 1. Freddy Galvis doesn’t need a mittIt is hard to compare defensive highlights sometimes because there can be a vast array of showstopping plays, but Galvis’ gem might go down as one of the best of the year when it’s all said and done. His teammate Marcus Stroman took to Twitter to share his amazement. Just because of how amazing it was, let’s get one more look at the catch, this time in GIF form.