According to the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), permits to hunt during Utah’s general statewide turkey hunt went on sale starting Feb. 24.
This season has seen a lot of change, according to Justin Dolling, an upland game and migratory bird coordinator for DWR.
“Our biologists have worked hard to get Utah’s turkey population to the point that all of the state’s turkey hunters can hunt,” he said. “It’s rewarding to see how well turkeys are doing in Utah.”
But because the general hunt is fairly new, DWR has been receiving a lot of questions about the turkey hunt this year.
Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator, was hopeful to answer most of those questions with as much information as possible.
“You don’t have to get a permit immediately,” she said. “We will not run out of permits because the number of general turkey permits the agency can offer isn’t limited.”
She also added that permits will be available to the public until the season ends on May 31.
Also, those who buy a general turkey permit can still keep all of their limited-entry bonus points for other draws, and the points will not be lost if you buy a general turkey permit.
However, if you obtained a limited-entry turkey permit, you will not be allowed to get a general permit of the same type.
There will be two types of general hunts this year: the special youth hunt and the general statewide hunt.
The youth hunt is for hunters ages 15 and under and will run from April 29-May 1.
The general statewide hunt is open to anyone who bought a general turkey permit and will run from May 2-31.
For more information, visit wildlife.utah.gov.