Hunting Licenses Suspended for 5 Utahns Including Vernal Man

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources takes wildlife-related violations seriously and announced Wednesday that five Utahns have had their hunting licenses suspended in recent hearings including an individual from Uintah County. Each of the individuals had previously been sentenced in district or county justice courts in connection with the violations. “For a hunting or fishing license to be suspended,” shares the DWR, “the hearing officer must conclude that the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly violated a suspension-qualifying law. The five men who had their hunting privileges revoked at the most recent hearings were from Scipio, Pleasant Grove, Highland, Aurora, and Vernal. The case with the Vernal man took place in 2019 and was brought to the conservation officers attention through the poaching hotline. “The officers discovered that a man shot and killed a cow elk on his family's private property in Duchesne County, and the shot also killed a calf elk that was standing behind the cow elk. The man then proceeded to tag the cow elk with his 2018 cow elk permit and tagged the calf elk with his daughter's permit. The hearing officer ruled that the case warranted a two-year and six-month suspension of big game hunting privileges for the Vernal man.” 


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