Permits to hunt bull elk with a rifle or a muzzleloader in Utah are going fast. If youвЂ™d like to hunt during one of UtahвЂ™s extended archery hunts, though, youвЂ™ll have no problem getting a permit — general archery elk permits arenвЂ™t limited in number in Utah.
Rifle and muzzleloader permits
On the morning of Aug. 30, the following general rifle and muzzleloader bull elk permits were still available:
UnitВ В В В В В В Permits available
Spike onlyВ В В В В В В 5,319
Any bullВ В В В В В В 5,932
The general rifle bull elk hunt starts Oct. 8. Last fall, permits sold out before the hunt started.
If you want to hunt bull elk with a rifle or a muzzleloader, Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says you should get a permit now. вЂњIf you know youвЂ™re going to hunt,вЂќ she says, вЂњdonвЂ™t wait to get a permit. If you wait too long, you might be out of luck.вЂќ
Archery elk permits
The situation is different with general archery elk permits — an unlimited supply is available, so thereвЂ™s no problem getting one.
The general archery elk hunt runs until Sept. 9 on spike only units in Utah. On any bull units, where you can take a bull of any size, the hunt runs until Sept. 16.
Once the general archery elk hunt ends, though, the fun isnвЂ™t over. If you have a general archery elk permit, you can continue hunting into December on three different extended archery areas — the Wasatch Front, the Uintah Basin and the Sanpete Valley.
More information about hunting the extended archery areas, including information about the DWRвЂ™s free Archery Ethics course, is available on pages 13 and 14 of the 2011 Utah Big Game Field Regulations guidebook.
The free guidebook is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks.
Where can I get a permit?
Buying an elk hunting permit at www.wildlife.utah.gov is the easiest way to get one. But if you buy a permit at www.wildlife.utah.gov, please know that the document you print after paying for your permit is only a receipt — itвЂ™s not a hunting permit, so you canвЂ™t hunt with it.
YouвЂ™ll receive your hunting permit through the mail. Your permit should arrive within 10 days of buying it. If you donвЂ™t want to wait up to 10 days to hunt, you can buy a permit at a DWR office or from more than 300 hunting license agents across Utah.
Once you have your permit, you can start hunting.
More information about UtahвЂ™s general bull elk hunts is available on pages 12 – 15 of the 2011 Utah Big Game Field Regulations guidebook (www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks).
You can also call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office, or the DWRвЂ™s Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700, for more information.