WOODS CROSS - Hunters interested in hunting tundra swans this Fall may now apply for a permit in Utah.
Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted no later than 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.
In order to apply for the permit, hunters must first complete Utah’s one-time Swan Hunter Orientation course.
The course takes about 30 minutes to complete and is available at utah-hunt.com/utswancourse.
Once the course is passed, there won’t be a need to take it again.
A total of 2,000 permits will be available for this year’s hunt. Last year saw a total of nearly 5,100 hunters apply for a permit, making it a permit that is scarce to receive for many.
Blair Stringham, waterfowl coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said in a press release sent to the Clipper that Utah is one of four states in the Western U.S. where hunters can hunt for the bird.
It’s also an exciting experience for first-timers, he said.
“Waiting for one of those big birds to get close enough so you can take a good shot requires a lot of patience,” he said. “By the time the swan gets close enough, your heart will probably be beating out of your chest.”