WOODS CROSS – Turkey hunters will now have a second chance to hunt turkeys before the year is over.
In a recent Utah Wildlife Board meeting, held in early June, members of the board approved a general fall turkey hunt for 2014.
The approval marks the first Fall hunt in Utah in 30 years.
“The number of turkeys has grown to a point that the birds are coming into conflict with people,” said upland game coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Jason Robinson. “Holding a Fall hunt will help control the number of birds in these areas.”
Both male and female turkeys can be taken, a major difference between the Spring hunt and this year’s Fall hunt.
Being able to take both will allow for better control of the population, Robinson said.
“Males aren’t as brightly colored as they are in the spring,” Robinson said. “It’s tough to tell the difference between a male and female, so hunters will end up taking a decent number of females.”
Some specifics about the Fall hunt were released as well. In a press release sent to the Clipper, 73 permits will be made available for the Northern region and 220 permits for the Southern region.
The state hunt will have five regions and will only be allowed to happen in specific areas.
The season will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 in the Northern region. In the South region the hunt will be extended another 15 days, to Jan. 15.
Permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Thursday, Sept. 18. They can either be purchased in a DWR office, a hunting license agency or online at wildlife.utah.gov.
Permits will go on sale starting at 8 a.m. Any turkey hunter is eligible to hunt in the fall and includes those who hunted in the spring.
The same types of weapons may also be used for the fall hunt; however, centerfire rifles and pistols are not allowed during the fall hunt.
If the hunt occurs on private land, hunters must get written permission from the landowner before hunting on the property.