Utah Approves More Turkey Permits for Spring

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More than 400 additional hunters will be hunting wild turkeys in Utah next spring.

At its Oct. meeting in Salt Lake City, the Utah Wildlife Board approved 2,373 Rio Grande permits for Utah's 2007 hunts. That's 339 more than the 2,034 available this past spring.

Board members also approved 732 Merriam's permits. That's 94 more than the 638 permits available this past spring.

The total number of wild turkey permits available in Utah in 2007 is 3,106. In 2006, a total of 2,673 were available.

"Over the past seven years, we've moved a lot of wild turkeys into Utah, and we've also moved a lot of birds from one area of the state to another," says Dean Mitchell, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

"It's taken a few years, but these birds have adapted to their new habitats here in Utah," he says. "They're learning where the food is and where the best places are to spend the winter."

"Wild turkey populations across most of the state are doing really well."

Applications

Applications for 2007 wild turkey permits will be available by Nov. 28. Applications must be received by Dec. 26 to be included in the draw for permits. Draw results will be posted by Jan. 31, 2007.

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