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Thinking About Putting In for the Utah Draw??

The time is getting close when Utah's draw application period will end.  It ends on March 6 and the web site is notorious for having problems the last couple of days due to all the applicants that are trying to get into the web site.

Utah does require you to purchase a license but if you work it right you can use that license for 2 years.  All you have to do is purchase one now and use it this year and then when next year comes around just apply while the license is still valid since it is valid for a year from the purchase date. Also if you are a non resident you can put in for all the big game spices. General deer, limited entry deer, and limited entry elk, antelope, and once in a lifetime moose, bison, mountain goats, and sheep. Unlike if you are a resident and can only put in for general deer, one LE spices and one OIL spices. The application fee is $10 for each animal.

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utah

I just got put in with no issues!! I sure wish they wouldnt have changed how NR can put in for all species. It sure has made it tougher to draw. I liked it better when you had to choose either deer or elk. It gave you a better chance. Now everybody has a few points for everything. It seems that guys with 1 or 2 points seem to luck out and the guys with lots of point for something dont draw.

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Just about all the once in a

Just about all the once in a lifetime hunts in Utah are just a pipe dream for a non resident.  I had 9 points when I drew my limited entry elk tag in the Book Cliffs but now that same tag for a non resident is going to take 16 or more points unless you get lucky.  The same for OIL tags such as the bison.  You are going to need 18+ points to garantee a tag but every year someone with just a few draw.  Last year a hunter with only 4 points drew his either sex bison tag and 1 out of 3 hunters with 18 points drew, so this year those two hunters will have 19 points and only one will draw a tag with the second tag going to someone with less points.  So how is your luck? 

The problems with the web site usually happens the last couple of days when it gets overloaded with applications and people trying to access it. 

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Limited deer

 what do you think about the bookcliffs being split this year for deer?

which half is better for access and or big bucks?

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Book Cliffs

HOGGETTER wrote:

 what do you think about the bookcliffs being split this year for deer?

which half is better for access and or big bucks?

They just went back to the way it was when they closed the unit back in 95.  Both areas will hold bigger bucks but during the rifle season the rut is usuallty in full swing.  The south unit is a harder hunt just because of the canyons and the terrain, very rugged but I helped my niece shoot a 190 buck a few years ago down in the flats on the south side.  I have also seen some booners come off the north side during the October hunt. 

If I were to put in for the rifle hunt it really would be a toss up but I think that I would go with the south side since I hunted that area for years before they closed it and it was a general season tag but a member here on the forums hunted the north area last year and came up with a respectable buck up there. 

Hopefully I'll draw my muzzle loader tag there this year and get me a good one.  That is if the DOW doesn't cut tags like they did last year. 

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