You can apply for next yearвЂ™s most prized Utah big game hunting permits — 2012 sportsman permits — starting Tuesday.
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, hunterвЂ™s choice bison and hunterвЂ™s choice Rocky Mountain goat.
Sportsman permits are also offered for three species that are not classified as big game: Black bear, cougar and wild turkey.
If you draw a sportsman permit, the dates you can hunt vary. But in most cases, theyвЂ™re longer than the regular season dates. You can also hunt on almost any unit in Utah thatвЂ™s open to hunting the species you drew a permit for.
Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says sportsman permits are highly prized items. вЂњIf youвЂ™re one of the lucky hunters who draws one, youвЂ™ll have plenty of days — and plenty of areas — to hunt,вЂќ she says.
You can apply for a sportsman permit starting Tuesday at www.wildlife.utah.gov. Applications must be submitted no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 23.
Draw results will be posted by Dec. 1. If you draw a permit, youвЂ™ll also receive a letter in the mail. вЂњThatвЂ™s a letter youвЂ™ll probably want to frame,вЂќ Tutorow says.
For more information, see page 23 of the 2011 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook (www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks) or call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office. You can also call the DWRвЂ™s Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.