Cougar Permits Still Available in Utah

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If you didn't obtain a limited-entry cougar hunting permit this year, no problem—you can still hunt cougars in Utah.

Permits to hunt on harvest-objective units went on sale Nov. 1, 2010.

What's a harvest-objective unit?

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says harvest-objective units and limited-entry units differ from one another three major ways.

"The number of permits that can be sold for a harvest-objective unit isn't limited," Tutorow says. "And you can buy harvest-objective permits online or over-the-counter."

Tutorow says the hunt on a harvest-objective unit can close before the season ends, though, if hunters take the number of cougars biologists want taken. "For example, let's say the harvest objective on a unit is 10 cougars," she says. "The hunt on that unit will close when 10 cougars are taken, even if the date when the season is supposed to end hasn't arrived yet."

If a unit closes early, that doesn't mean your cougar hunt is over. Harvest-objective hunting is allowed on 38 units in Utah. If the unit you want to hunt closes, you can still hunt on any harvest-objective unit that's still open to hunting.

Reminders

Tutorow provides the following reminders:

  • Utah's 2010–2011 cougar harvest-objective season begins Nov. 17, 2010 on some units and March 7, 2011 on others. The dates for each unit are available on pages 23–25 of the 2010–2011 Utah Cougar Guidebook.

    The guidebook is available at wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks. You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting and fishing license agents statewide.
  • You may not buy a harvest-objective permit if you've already obtained a limited-entry cougar permit for the 2010–2011 season.
  • Before each hunting trip, you must call 1-888-668-LION (5466), or visit wildlife.utah.gov, to verify that the unit you'd like to hunt the next day is still open to hunting. The phone line and the Web site are updated by noon with information for the following day.

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