Rules for hunting and fishing in Utah, like most other states, are complicated.
EACH YEAR, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) publishes around a dozen guidebooks explaining the rules and application procedures for various wildlife-related activities. The DWR expects hunters and anglers to read them, so the agency prints hundreds of thousands yearly. For several years, I designed the covers of these guidebooks.
These guidebooks were written and overseen by a committee whose members made it difficult to make significant design and usability improvements on the interior pages. The committee wasn't keen on covers that deviated from strict photographic realism. However, while staying within those conservative boundaries, it was still possible to create exciting covers.
A second challenge was that they were printed on high-speed web presses using the least expensive newsprint possible. Four-color registration and accurate trimming were always an issue.
I obtained photos from various sources, such as stock services, the DWR's photo library, and in some cases, from hunters who allowed me to use their images