Plenty of Deer Await for Utah’s Most Popular Hunt

The Division of Wildlife Resources has news that will make eager hunters happy. A bursting deer population is what awaits with 10 days left till the opening of Utah’s general rifle buck deer hunt. The number of deer in Utah is the highest it has been since the 1980s and the ratio of bucks to does is impressive. According to biologists, Utah has a total population of more than 384,000 mule deer meaning the state population has grown by more than 100,000 deer in just four years. The number of bucks in the herd had grown in 2015 to 23 bucks per 100 does and the number of rifle hunters taking a buck had increased as well. In 2013, 37 percent of those with a permit took a deer while in 2015, the success rate had jumped to 43 percent. Biologists say that the success will be as good or better than last year. Plan for the upcoming hunt by visiting


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.