If you draw a Sportsman permit, the dates you can hunt vary, but in most cases they're longer than the regular season dates. You can also hunt on almost any unit that's open to hunting the species you drew a permit for. The only exceptions are the person who draws the bison permit may not hunt on Antelope Island; the person who draws the elk permit may not hunt on the Pilot Mountain unit; and the person who draws the desert bighorn sheep permit may not hunt on the Pine Valley, Virgin River unit.
"Sportsman permits are highly prized," said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "If you're one of the lucky hunters who draw one, you'll have plenty of days--and plenty of areas--to hunt."
The only way to apply for a Sportsman permit is online at www.wildlife.utah.gov. You can start applying on Nov. 1.
Applications must be submitted no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 15 to be entered in the draw for permits. Draw results will be posted by Dec. 6.
If you draw a permit, you'll also receive a letter in the mail. "Not many hunters draw these permits," Tutorow said. "If you receive a letter in the mail, I'm sure you'll want to frame it!"
For more information, see pages 31 and 32 of the 2007 Utah Big Game Proclamation (www.wildlife.utah.gov/procla
mations) or call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office. You can also call the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.
If you want to hunt cougars in Utah this season, but you didn't draw a limited entry permit earlier this fall, mark Nov. 7 on your calendar.That's the day permits to hunt cougars on harvest objective units go on sale.
Permits to pursue cougars also go on sale Nov. 7.
Harvest Objective Unit
"Harvest objective units differ from limited entry units in three major ways," said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
"First of all, there is no limit on the number of harvest objective permits that can be sold. And you can buy them on the Internet and over-the-counter," she says. "The hunt on a harvest objective unit can close before the season ends, however, if hunters take the number of cougars biologists want taken.
"For example, if the harvest objective on a unit is 10 cougars, the hunt on the unit will close when 10 cougars are taken, even if the date the season is supposed to end hasn't arrived yet."
That shouldn't be a big challenge for you, though. Harvest objective hunting is allowed on 32 units in Utah. If the unit you want to hunt closes, you can still hunt on any harvest objective unit that's open to hunting.
Utah's 2007 - 2008 cougar harvest objective season begins Nov. 21, 2007, on some units and Feb. 16, 2008, on others. "The dates for each unit are available on pages 25, 26 and 27 of the 2007 - 2008 Utah Cougar Proclamation," Tutorow says.
The proclamation is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/
proclamations and from hunting and fishing license agents and DWR offices statewide.
Tutorow reminds you that you may not buy a harvest objective permit if you've already obtained a limited entry cougar permit for the 2007--2008 season.
Before each hunting trip, you must call toll-free 1-888-668-LION (5466), or visit the DWR's Web site, to verify that the unit you'd like to hunt the next day is still open to hunting. Both are updated by noon with information for the next day.