Bull Elk Permit

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Don't wait until the last minute to buy your general any bull elk permit this year. Utah's general rifle elk hunt begins Oct. 9 and Division of Wildlife Resources officials are encouraging hunters to buy their permit now.

The reason is a change in Utah's general muzzleloader bull elk hunt, which begins in November.

In the past, general any bull elk muzzleloader permits have been capped at 1,300. The cap has been removed this year, however, and general any bull muzzleloader permits are now included with rifle permits in the same 14,300 cap.

More than 6,000 hunters applied for a general any bull elk muzzleloader permit in 2003. If most of those hunters decide to buy a general muzzleloader elk permit, the total number of general any bull elk permits should sell out this year.

"Any bull elk permits have come close to selling out in the past, and I think there's a good chance they'll sell out this year," said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR. "I would encourage hunters to buy their permit now. If they don't, they may not be hunting branch-antlered elk this year."

This season should be a good one to hunt branch-antlered bulls in Utah. There are plenty of mature bulls in the state. In addition, bull elk calves born during the spring of 2003 have enjoyed good forage conditions since then and there has been very little winter loss. Many of these calves will be available to hunters as branch-antlered bulls this fall.

How to buy a permit

The easiest way to obtain a permit is on this Web site. Hunters who buy a permit at the Web site are reminded that it will take about a week for their permit to arrive in the mail and to buy it far enough in advance that they'll receive their permit before the hunt starts.

Hunters may also buy permits at DWR offices. Hunters who decide to buy a permit from a license agent are encouraged to visit the DWR Web site to learn which agents are selling general bull elk permits this year.

"Agents who are connected to our Agent On-line system are the only agents who can sell elk permits this year," Tutorow said. "The system allows us to know, on a daily basis, how many permits have been sold. Selling them through the system will allow us to close permit sales and prevent permits from overselling this year."

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