“Even though the actual hunt is not for a long time it’s fun to get the application process started,” said Farmington resident Sam Johnson. “Just sort of gets the blood flowing.”
According to the Division of Wildlife Resources’ Judi Tutorow, there are high expectations for the number of applications this year.
“We expect to receive more than 230,000 applications this year,” Tutorow said. “Big game hunting in Utah is very popular with people across the country.”
And Davis County is no different.
“I like the challenge of big game hunting,” said Chris Madill of Centerville. “It’s a lot of fun.”
The application process begins on Jan. 22 when people can apply for the 2009 permits at www.wildlife.utah.gov.
Applications can be received through 11 p.m. on Feb. 26.
Results for the applications will be available on April 30.
Bear hunting permits
The number of black bear hunting permits has increased by 20 this year.
The move was approached by members of the Utah Wildlife Board at its meeting on Jan. 8.
In 2008 a total of 299 permits were available. The increase was based on the five year success rate of 41 percent.
The board believes the increase will result in hunters taking eight more bears this year.
In 2008, the number of bears taken by hunters stood at 134.
In addition, more permits will be made available for the spring hunt.
Justin Dolling, mammals program coordinator for the DWR explained why.
“In the spring, bears kill a lot of sheep and other livestock,” he said. “ Federal officers end up killing many of these bears and instead...we’d like to give hunters a change to take them.”
Applications for 2009 black bear hunting begin Feb. 2.