The general rifle buck deer hunt, that starts on Saturday, Oct. 19, has 194 permits available for Unit 1, and a combined 187 permits available for Units 4, 5, and 6, according to a press release sent to the Clipper.
The permits went on sale Monday, Oct. 8 for hunters who still want them.
Permits may still be purchased online at wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/hunting/hunting-permits.html.
Hunters who already have a permit and will be hunting in the Northern Utah units can look forward to some mixed sightings, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
Randy Wood, a wildlife manager for DWR, said Unit 2 has the lowest buck-to-doe ratio among all units in the region.
However, the region still has close to 16 bucks per 100 does, a decent number, said Wood.
“The number of bucks per 100 does is really good on units across the region,” he said.
In nearly every unit, he said, there will likely be an increased number of 1.5-year-old bucks and a good population of bucks with two antler points.
Regardless of the unit hunters are going to, research and preseason scouting is vital. Wood said it’s important to locate the deer in the unit hunters are going to, so as not to come back empty-handed.
Hunters should also know two things when heading out to a northern Utah unit: the region has more private property in it than any other region in Utah, and black bears are particularly active in the region during this time of year.
In order to counteract the private property issue, written permission from the landowner should be sought before heading to the area.
For those wanting to avoid black bears, DWR has free bear safety information available at wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/learn-more/bear-safety.html and at wildawareutah.org.