Did You Draw a Big Game Hunting Permit?
If you applied for a 2008 Utah big game hunting permit, your wait is almost over. By April 30, you’ll know whether you drew a permit.
“If you draw a permit, congratulations!” says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. “If you don’t, mark June 12 on your calendar. That’s when general bull elk permits go on sale. It’s also the day that any general buck deer permits that aren’t taken in the draw go on sale.”
Utah’s 2008 Big Game Draw will be conducted this month. If you applied for a 2008 permit, you should receive an e-mail and a letter by April 30. The e-mail or letter will let you know whether you drew a permit.
If you don’t receive an e-mail or a letter by April 30, you can learn whether you drew a permit by logging onto the DWR’s Web site or by calling 1-800-221-0659.
Draw results will be available by 8 a.m. on April 30.
Permits not taken in the draw
If you don’t draw a permit, you can learn which permits are still available by seeing the 2008 big game remaining permits list at wildlife.utah.gov. The list will be posted by April 30.
“Some general season buck deer permits for the Northern Region and statewide general archery buck deer permits are usually still available after the draw,” Tutorow says. “Any permits that aren’t taken in the draw will be available beginning June 12.”
Tutorow says you probably don’t need to buy a permit the first day they go on sale. But she also encourages you not to wait too long. “Utah big game permits are selling out faster and faster every year,” she says. “If you wait too long, they might sell out before you get one.”
Last year, all of Utah’s general archery buck deer permits were gone by July 23. Northern Region general rifle and muzzleloader permits sold out on Aug. 21.
Bull elk permits
June 12 is the first day you can buy a general season bull elk permit. Starting at 8 a.m., you can buy one at wildlife.utah.gov, at any DWR office or from more than 325 license agents across Utah.
A total of 12,300 any bull elk unit permits, and 11,000 spike bull elk unit permits, will be available. The DWR does not have a limit on the number of general archery elk permits it can sell.
For more information, call the Utah Wildlife Services Administrative office at 1-800-221-0659, the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.