BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
WOODS CROSS – Bird hunters who have been participating in, but not completed, the waterfowl slam still have a chance to complete it before the season is over.
The waterfowl slam, originally put together by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, along with several other companies, refers to harvesting a group of birds in a specified amount of time and in a certain area.
For example, a turkey slam requires that hunters to gather all of the species of turkeys in order to complete the slam.
For each slam completed, the hunter would receive a colored band, representing which hunt they completed.
The first of its kind in Utah, the slam so far has seen solid participation numbers.
The slams are meant to help the habitat, said migratory bird coordinator for DWR Blair Stringham.
“We want hunters to be excited about waterfowl hunting while raising money to improve waterfowl habitat,” he said 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 them.”
Registrations are still being accepted for the slam, which can be done at wildlife.utah.gov or by visiting any license agent. The receipt, which will look like a license, may then be exchanged at any of the four qualifying locations for an individually numbered slam.
Completed slams must be turned in no later than June 30, 2014.
Cost to participate for youth 17 and younger is $15. Adults 18 and older is $35.
Completed slams must also be turned in at any qualifying location.
The four specific slams are Puddler, Diver, Mallard and Coot.
The Diver hunt can be done at Farmington Bay and is a good place for the majority of the birds in the specific slam. Coots may also be had at the Bay, depending on the time of year.
Money that is gathered for the slam will go towards water management improvements in several parks and ponds in Utah.
One project that will be done locally is the restoration of J-Dike at Farmington Bay.
After the deadline for this season’s slams has passed, new slams will be created for the following season.
For more information, visit wildlife.utah.gov.