Utah -(Ammoland.com)- Hunting for three upland game hunting species — cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare and forest grouse — should be the best it’s been in Utah in 10 years.
And the mourning dove hunt should be really good too.
Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says a mild winter, coupled with a warm spring and plenty of rain, are the major reasons why. Plenty of adult birds and rabbits survived the mild winter. And the warm spring rains brought green vegetation, and the insects that go with it, exactly when young birds and rabbits needed them.
Also, in the case of cottontail rabbits, their population is at the very top of a 10-year population cycle.
“I think the rabbit, hare and forest grouse hunts will be fantastic,” Robinson says. “Plan on a hunt that’s about as good as it gets. Remember, though, that finding and taking upland game still requires effort and skill.”
Each of the hunts opens Sept. 1. A …read more