June 16th Antlerless Big Game Application Deadline Approaching

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Hunters who want the best chance to hunt antlerless elk, deer, moose and doe pronghorn on public land in Utah this fall are reminded that their 2003 antlerless application must be received no later than 5 p.m. on June 16.

"There are usually some antlerless permits available after the draw, but they're mostly for hunts on private land. If you want a permit for a public land area, you need to get your application in," said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Those who applied in previous years should have received a preprinted 2003 application in the mail by now. Those who didn't receive an application can obtain one from this Web site, hunting and fishing license agents statewide or DWR offices.

Hunters who have a major credit card can apply for a permit on-line. Hunters who don't have a credit card can apply by mailing an application and their fees.

A total of 10,720 cow elk permits, 2,370 doe deer permits, 240 doe pronghorn permits and 23 cow moose permits, will be available through the public draw this year. Many of Utah's private Cooperative Wildlife Management Units will also have public antlerless permits available. Hunters can apply for these public CWMU permits during the application period.

Antlerless permit numbers are found in Utah's 2003 Antlerless Addendum. The addendum is currently available at Division of Wildlife Resources offices and an electronic version is available. Hunting and fishing license agents should have their copies by June 2.

Draw results will be posted by July 31 on this Web site and DWR offices and hunter education centers. Successful applicants may be notified by mail before July 31.

Those with questions may call their nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.