Utah Bonus/Preference Point Apps Due Feb 29th

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Even if you won't be hunting big game in Utah this fall, you can increase the chance you'll be chasing big game in the future by applying for a bonus point or a preference point.

You can apply for a point until Feb. 29. Applications are being accepted through the Division of Wildlife Resource's Web site. You can apply through the site until 11 p.m. on Feb. 29.

You can also apply over the telephone until 5 p.m. on Feb. 29. The telephone number is (801) 538-4700.

Two reminders

  • * If you're eligible, you can apply for up to three points—one preference point, one limited entry bonus point and one once-in-a-lifetime bonus point.
  • * You must have a valid Utah hunting or combination license before you can apply for a point.

"A hunting license allows you to hunt small game, while a combination license allows you to hunt small game and fish," says Jim Karpowitz, director of the DWR. "We hope you'll get out and enjoy these activities this year."

Karpowitz provides some advice to help 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."

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

Keep building those points!

Every time you obtain a bonus point, the chance you'll receive a low random draw number in the limited entry, once-in-a-lifetime and Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit drawing increases. (Hunters with the lowest numbers have the best chance of drawing a permit.)

And every preference point you obtain increases the chance you'll draw a general season buck deer permit.

"Even if you won't be hunting big game in Utah this fall, keep building your points up," advises Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR.

For more information, call the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office at 1-800-221-0659, the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.