Spring Turkey Season Changes in Utah

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If you want to apply for a permit to hunt wild turkeys in Utah next spring, you need to be aware of two changes:

  • * You must have a hunting or combination license before you can apply for a permit.
  • * Applications will be accepted only through the Division of Wildlife Resources' Web site.

Start applying on Nov. 28

You can apply for a permit at http://wildlife.utah.gov/ starting Nov. 28. Your application must be received through the Web site no later than 11 p.m. on Dec. 26 to be entered in the draw for permits.

If you're not comfortable applying on the Internet, you can also apply over-the-phone. To apply over-the-phone, you must call (801) 538-4700 no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 26.

Results of the 2008 Wild Turkey Draw will be posted by Jan. 31, 2008.


License required

Starting with the 2008 spring hunts, you must have a current Utah hunting or combination license before you can apply for a turkey hunting permit.

"This change is important to the future of the state's wildlife," says Jim Karpowitz, director of the DWR. "As costs continue to rise, the requirement that hunters buy a license will provide us the revenue we need to continue managing wild turkeys and other wildlife into the future."

Karpowitz has some advice for you as you decide which license to buy: the hunting license, which costs $26 for residents, or the combination license, which costs $30. "I'd encourage you to buy the combination license," he says. "It costs $4 more than a hunting license, but it also allows you to fish."

Another change awaits turkey hunters this spring: in addition to allowing you to apply for a hunting permit, you must have one of these licenses with you in order to use your hunting permit.

Hunting and combination licenses are available at http://wildlife.utah.gov/. You can also obtain one from DWR offices and more than 350 hunting license agents across Utah.

Karpowitz also reminds you that the cost for a wild turkey hunting permit has dropped by $5. Wild turkey permits now cost $35 for residents and $95 for nonresidents.

Apply on the Web

In addition to the new license requirement, you'll also have to apply for a permit on the Internet this year.

"If you've never applied for a permit online before, and you have questions about how to do it, please drop by a DWR office," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR. "We have computers you can use and staff members who can help you through the process."

You can also apply for a permit over-the-phone by calling the DWR at (801) 538-4700.

"If you decide to apply over the phone, you must call us no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 26," Tutorow says.

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