Due to continuing drought conditions and wildfire concerns, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in conjunction with the corresponding county sheriff's departments, are temporarily restricting recreational target shooting with a firearm on 25 wildlife management areas across the state. Wildlife Management Areas help minimize and mitigate wildlife depredation on private property, and are vital to providing important winter ranges and feeding grounds for many wildlife species, including big game. These lands are purchased and managed using the money generated by fishing and hunting license sales. Because wildfires can destroy essential wildlife habitat, this temporary ban will protect Utah's wildlife management areas. The temporary restriction only applies to target shooting with a firearm on the WMAs — legal possession of a firearm and hunting are not affected. Fireworks and explosives are never allowed on any WMA in Utah. No effected area is in Iron County. For a list of the effected Wildlife Management Areas click here.


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