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Don't wait to join dedicated hunter program

If you've been thinking about joining Utah's dedicated hunter program, you may not want to think much longer.

The program is almost full.

Ten thousand hunters are allowed in the program. Right now the program is only 2,900 spots away from that cap. The remaining spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"You can apply for the program starting Jan. 2," says Jill West, coordinator of volunteers for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "The spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. I'm certain all of them will be taken this year. If you're interested in joining, I'd encourage you to apply as close to Jan. 2 as possible."

Those who join the dedicated hunter program can hunt all three general deer hunting seasons in the region of their choice. In return, they must pay a program fee and spend time helping on wildlife conservation projects.

To join the three-year program, you must complete an online wildlife conservation course and submit your application online. The DWR is not accepting mailed-in paper applications this year.

You can complete the course and submit your application at

"If you don't have access to a computer, you can drop by a DWR office and use one of our computers," West says. "We'll be happy to help you any way that we can."

For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.

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