BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS - A unique program is getting off the ground in Utah and has begun “to take flight” among hunters.
This year, the Utah Waterfowl Slam will challenge hunters to collect specific waterfowl during the 2013-2014 hunting seasons.
The slam is the first of its kind to come to Utah.
“We want to get hunters excited about waterfowl hunting while raising money to improve habitats,” said migratory game bird coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ Blair Stringham in a press release sent to the Clipper. “The projects will provide more habitat for waterfowl and improve hunting. Overall, it will make Utah a better place for waterfowl.”
Biologists have outlined four different “slams,” or collections. To complete one, hunters must harvest specific birds of each collection.
Hunters will have to prove, through photos and a registration card, that they have earned the collection. They will receive a different sized colored leg band for each completed slam.
Membership cost for the slam is $35 for hunters 17 and older, and $15 for hunters 16 and younger. Money raised through the program will fund waterfowl-specific projects such as restoring the J-Dike at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area.
For more information about the program and to sign up, visit wildlife.utah.gov/slam.