Big Game Applications Due by Feb. 17

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Time is running out to get your application in for a 2006 Utah big game hunting permit, especially if you're applying through the mail.

To be entered in the 2006 Utah big game draw, mail-in applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 17. Applications submitted through the Division of Wildlife Resources' Web site must be received no later than 11 p.m. MST on Feb. 17.

With time running out, the Internet or an overnight mail service might be the best way to make sure your application meets the deadline.

Hunters are reminded that applications postmarked before or on Feb. 17, but that aren't received by 5 p.m. that day, will not be entered in the draw. Applications are not accepted in-person.

Apply on the Internet

If you have a major credit card that's valid through at least May 2006, you can get your application in within a matter of minutes by using our online application forms.

Mail your application early

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., Feb. 17 due date, says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR.

In addition to arriving on time, applications must be completed correctly. Tutorow encourages hunters to take their time when completing their application 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 24 hours per day, seven days per week. DWR offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

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

* Late application: Mail-in applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 17. Use the Internet or consider using an overnight mail service.

* Credit card not processed: Credit cards must be valid through at least May 2006 to be accepted as payment. Credit card numbers are long. Take your time and make sure you write your credit card 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 apply for only 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.