Big Game Draw Results Available

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By April 28, many big game hunters in Utah will be excited after learning they drew a 2004 Utah big game permit in the state's annual big game draws.

Others will be disappointed because they didn't draw. If they want a general buck deer permit, though, they'll want to mark June 17 on their calendar. That's when general buck deer permits not taken in the draw will become available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Draw results

Everyone who applied for a 2004 Utah big game permit should receive a letter in the mail by April 28, letting them know if they drew a permit.

Beginning at 8 a.m. April 28, hunters who don't receive a letter in the mail can learn whether they drew by logging onto this Web site or by calling the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office at 1-800-221-0659.

Results of the limited entry, once-in-a-lifetime and Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit permit draw also will be posted at Division of Wildlife Resources offices in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Springville, Vernal, Price and Cedar City; the Lee Kay Center for Hunter Education in Salt Lake City; and the Cache Valley Hunter Education Center in Logan.

Hard copy results of the general buck deer draw won't be posted. "There will probably be more than 50,000 names on this list," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR. "To keep printing costs down, we've decided not to post a hard copy list. Hunters can still view the list, though, by going to our Internet site."

Permits not taken in the draw

In addition to their draw results letter, applicants also will receive a list of permits not taken in the draw. This list will also be available on the DWR's Internet Web site and at its six offices.

"All of the limited entry, once-in-a-lifetime and CWMU permits will probably be taken in the draw, but some general buck deer permits may still be available," Tutorow said. "Hunters who haven't obtained a permit can obtain one of these permits, on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning June 17."

Beginning June 17, hunters who have a major credit card can obtain a remaining general buck deer permit at the DWR's Internet Web site (wildlife.utah.gov). Hunters who don't have a credit card can obtain a permit at any of the DWR's six offices or from license agents who are connected to the DWR's new Agent Online system. As of April 12, 121 license agents have been connected to the system. More agents will be added as June 17 approaches.

2004 general season bull elk permits, including any bull elk muzzleloader permits (formerly known as ML300 permits) will also go on sale June 17.

For more information, call the Utah Wildlife Services Administrative office, the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.