In the midst of holiday festivities, a deadline looms for those hoping to get in on an early but limited opportunity to hunt turkeys next spring.
Applications to hunt wild turkeys during Utah’s limited-entry hunt are due by Thursday.
The most convenient way to apply for a limited turkey permit is online at www.utah-hunt.com. Applications must be received no later than 11 p.m. Thursday to be entered in the drawing for permits.
The limited-entry hunt will be held in April. A total of 2,500 limited-entry permits are available statewide, with varying numbers of permits allocated to each of the state’s five wildlife management regions.
There are 400 permits available for the Northern region; 500 for the Central region; 250 each in the Northeastern and Southeastern regions; and 1,100 in the Southern region.
If you don’t draw a limited-entry permit, don’t pack your gun away — you can still hunt turkeys this spring.
Permits for Utah’s general statewide hunt go on sale Feb. 21. The general statewide hunt will be held in May.
More information about Utah’s 2013 turkey hunting season is available in the 2012–2013 Utah Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook. The free, downloadable guidebook is available at wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks. You can pick up free printed guidebooks at DWR offices and hunting and fishing license agents across Utah.