Big Game Application Deadline Approaching

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The Internet or an overnight mail service are the best tools hunters can use to help ensure their application is received before Utah's 2004 big game application period ends. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 30 to be entered in the 2004 draw, so time is running out for hunters to get their applications in.

Hunters are reminded that applications postmarked before or on Jan. 30, but that aren't received by 5 p.m. that day, will be rejected. Applications will not be accepted in-person.

Hunters who have a major credit card that's valid through at least May 2004 can get their application in within a matter of minutes by visiting this site. Once on the site, hunters can apply for a permit by clicking on the 'Apply online for available hunt drawings' choice on the right side of the page.

Hunters who don't apply on the Internet are reminded that it will take a few days for their application to arrive through the mail at the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office. Because of this, an overnight mail delivery service is probably the best way to help ensure their application is received by the 5 p.m., Jan. 30 due date, says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

To be entered in the draw, applications must not only arrive in time but must be completed correctly. Tutorow encourages hunters to take their time when completing their application; to review pages 10, 11 and 12 of the 2004 Utah Big Game Proclamation; and to call the nearest DWR office, or the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office at 1-800-221-0659, if they have questions or need assistance. The Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

DWR offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays with the exception of the Salt Lake City office, which opens at 7:30 a.m.

The following were the most common mistakes made by hunters applying last year:

* Late application — applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 30. Use the Internet or consider using an overnight mail service.

* Credit card not processed — credit cards must be valid through at least May 2004 to be accepted as payment. Credit card numbers are long. Take your time and make sure you write the number correctly on your application.

* Multiple applications — you may send in only one application for general buck deer, and one application for premium limited entry, limited entry, CWMU and once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

* Multiple species — when applying for a limited entry hunt, you may only apply for one species. For example, if you apply for a limited entry deer permit, you may not apply for a limited entry elk or pronghorn permit.

* Money short — look closely at the fees on the application and make sure you include enough money for the hunt you're applying for.