Apply for a 2009 Sportsman permit in Utah Now

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Applications for Utah’s most prized hunting permits accepted soon

A Utah bighorn sheep. - Division of Wildlife Resources photoApplications for next year’s most prized Utah hunting permits, the 2009 sportsman permits, will be available by Nov. 3.

Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter’s choice bison, hunter’s choice Rocky Mountain goat, black bear, cougar, sandhill crane and wild turkey.

If you draw a sportsman permit, the dates you can hunt vary, but in most cases they’re longer than the regular season dates. You can also hunt on almost any unit in Utah that’s open to hunting the species you drew a permit for.

Highly prized

“Sportsman permits are highly prized,” says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. “If you’re one of the lucky hunters who draw one, you’ll have plenty of days and plenty of areas to hunt.”

You can apply for a sportsman permit starting Nov. 3 at Applications must be submitted no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 17 to be entered in the draw for permits.

If you need help completing your application, please call (801) 538-4700 no later than 6 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Draw results will be posted by Dec. 8. If you draw a permit, you’ll also receive a letter in the mail. “Not many hunters draw these permits,” Tutorow says. “If you receive a letter in the mail, I wouldn’t be surprised if you framed it!”