I got another response from Chief Fowlks today:
I wanted to give you an update on our efforts to make our regulations compatible with state code and the 2nd amendment. We have our turkey and upland guidebook coming out shortly and I just reviewed the language on the youth hunts. We have taken out any restrictions on the carry of firearms for the adults accompanying youth. This is the particular regulation you were concerned about.
We have also changed the restrictions with regards to big game. We eliminated the temporary game preserve restriction which required a person to have a valid permit in order to be in possession of a firearm.
We changed the restrictions with regards to archery and muzzleloaders to allow for the possession of handguns in the field and any firearm in the vehicle or in camp.
If you are aware of any other conflicts please let me know and I will try to address them.
Chief of Law Enforcement
Utah Division of Wildlife Resource
1594 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah firstname.lastname@example.org
Makes me proud of my adopted home state. I haven't re-read every post in this thread, but I believe ALL the restrictions that people have pointed out as illegal have been removed. I haven't seen the new proclamations yet, but kudos to Chief Fowlks and the DWR for doing the right thing
I've wondered if the restrictions were just inertia and lack of awareness, or if they were an intentional attempt to undermine rights that the DWR officials found annoying. It's quite
clear in the case of Mike Fowlks that it was the former, and that he's acted aggressively to fix the problem when brought to his attention, and is more than willing to tackle any issue he might have overlooked.
That definitely deserves some big Kudos!
I'm also going to write a letter expressing my appreciation, but it occurs to me that perhaps we can do a bit better than that.
Hey, bagpiper... you have lots of legislator buddies. Can we get some of them to help arrange some real recognition for a public servant who is really trying to do his part to preserve the rights of the people? Doesn't need to be much, not even anything tangible. Maybe just a public mention in a speech or two on the floor. I would think positive attention from the state lawmakers would be very good for a state employees' career -- and I'd love to see OTHER state officials taking notice of this example.
As for the rest of us, perhaps we can contribute by sending letters to our state senators and representatives, complimenting the state on its fine choice in Mike Fowlks.
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Utah CFP Instructor; NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol, Rifle and Self-Defense in the Home; NRA RSO.
I am not a lawyer!