|Sportsman's permit applications for the avid sportsman will be available by Nov. 1.|
Applications for some of next year's most prized Utah hunting permits, 2007 sportsman permits, will be available by Nov. 1.
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 sheep 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.
Sportsman permit season dates vary, but in many cases they're longer than the regular season. Hunters may hunt on any unit open for the respective species, except Antelope Island for bison; the Pilot Mountain unit for elk; and the Pine Valley, Virgin River unit for desert bighorn sheep.
"The long season dates and ability to hunt every open hunting unit in the state except three make Sportsman permits a highly prized item," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Beginning Nov. 1, hunters who have a major credit card can apply for a Sportsman Permit online at the DWR's Web site (wildlife.utah.gov).
Hunters who don't have a major credit card must mail their application in. Sportsman permit applications will be available by Nov. 1 from almost 400 hunting and fishing license agents statewide and the DWR's six offices.
Applications submitted through the DWR's website must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 15 to be entered in the draw for permits. Mail-in applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.
Those who don't apply on the Internet are reminded that it will take a few days for their application to arrive through the mail and to mail it as far in advance of the Nov. 15 date as possible," Tutorow said.
She also reminds hunters that a $5 nonrefundable handling fee is required for each species a hunter applies for.
Results of the 2007 sportsman permit draw will be posted by Dec. 6. Successful applicants will also receive a letter that lets them know they drew a permit.
Those with questions may call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.