Utah's 2005 general archery buck deer hunt begins Aug. 20, but waiting until the hunt starts is not the time to try and buy your permit.
For the first time ever, Utah archery buck deer permits sold out before the general hunt ended in 2004 (permits sold out on Aug. 30, nine days into the 28-day hunt).
To ensure they get a permit this year, Division of Wildlife Resources officials are encouraging hunters to buy their permits as soon as possible.
"General deer hunting permits are selling out in Utah earlier and earlier every year," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR. "Plenty of archery permits are available right now, and we encourage hunters to get them before they're gone."
As of July 20, more than 6,600 statewide general archery buck deer permits were still available. Permits may be purchased at the DWR's Web site (wildlife.utah.gov), at DWR offices and from more than 190 hunting license agents statewide.
For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.