Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit

Sponsoring Agency or Organization

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Contact: Boyde Blackwell

Email: boydeblackwell@utah.gov

Phone: (801)538-4776

Program details

Cooperative Wildlife Management Units (CWMUs, are hunt areas consisting of mostly private lands that have been authorized for the specific purpose of cooperatively managing big game animals with private landowners.
CWMUs, list specific hunt dates that can be found on our website at http://wildlife.utah.gov/cwmu/index.php these dates have been selected to allow the public a fair opportunity to harvest an animal on private lands. Most CWMU’s will provide a map of their CWMU showing access and areas to be hunted by both public hunter and private hunter. They also should provide rules for hunting their CWMU, including use of vehicles, hunting companions and camping opportunities.

Sportsmen should first pick an area of the state they like to hunt in and search out a CWMU in that area. There are basic maps also and additional information regarding any CWMU at http://wildlife.utah.gov/cwmu/index.php this information should provide any sportsmen a great starting point. Sportsmen can then follow-up with any additional information requests from a specific CWMU.

Landowners that have an interest in this program must have a minimum of 5,000 contiguous acres to manage a deer, pronghorn or turkey and a minimum of 10,000 contiguous acres for elk or moose. Numerous landowners may join together to form a single CWMU which must consist of private lands.

A management plan must be written by the CWMU with the help of an area biologist, the management plan acts as a contract between the landowner and the DWR. Permit numbers are jointly determined by the CWMU and the DWR biologists and are split between the CWMU (private) and the public. Public hunters must have hunting opportunity that is comparable to the private hunters this is a cornerstone of the CWMU program. Landowners can obtain specific information from R657-37 which is the rule that governs the CWMU program from any Division office.
The Division has a grievance process through a CWMU advisory committee, to handle problems that may occur. The grievance process does not deal with permitsrefund requests or points being reinstated. Problems that the CWMU Advisory Committee will deal with may include making contact with the landowner/operator, hunters abusing rules set up by the CWMU, unfair opportunities afforded the hunter by the CWMU and illegal trespass on the CWMU.
Hunters and landowner/operators should make every effort to solve problems by working together immediately when a problem occurs in an effort to set up and carry out a successful hunt. If the problem cannot be solved, contact should be made with the Division's regional office as soon as possible where the CWMU is located. A request for assistance should be made Do Not Wait.

Planning and Evaluation

Manual or Plan

This program has a manual or plan: Yes

Download plan: R657-37 CWMU Big Game & Turkey.pdf

Evaluation

This program is evaluated: Yes

Comments: Hunters are required to complete hunter questionnaires

Metrics used to measure success and evaluate this program:
  • Number of acres
  • Habitat type or quality
  • Number of participants (landowners)
  • Number of participants (hunters)
  • Hunter-days tabulated
  • Formal after-season evaluations
  • Hunter surveys
  • Retention rate of participant landowners
How effective is the program at meeting your objectives?: Very effective
Would you recommend other agencies/organizations use this model?: Yes
Program Size

Minimum Property Size: 5,000 Acres for Deer/Pronghorn/Turkey, 10,000 Acres for Elk/Moose

Acres Enrolled: 2.1 million acres

Number of Hunters Participating: 3,500

Number of Landowners Participating: 103

Budget

Cost Type: Annual cost


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