Utah's Dedicated Hunter Program Apps Available Jan 4th

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You can hunt all three general buck deer seasons for the next three years if your application is drawn to join Utah's Dedicated Hunter program.

And you can hunt those seasons in the region of your choice.

Applications to join the program will be accepted starting Jan. 4. Before you can apply, however, you must complete the program's free online orientation course. The course will teach you more about the program.

You can take the course at wildlife.utah.gov/dh.

"The Dedicated Hunter program is a great program for the state's deer hunters and for the state's wildlife," says Rhianna Christopher, volunteer services coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

"The program gives participants a chance to help mule deer and other wildlife by helping with habitat projects," she says. "In return, you get to hunt deer all three seasons in the region of your choice."

Christopher says the program is capped at 10,000 hunters. About 4,000 spots are open for 2010.

To be included in the draw to join the program, your application must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Jan. 19.

In addition to the required orientation course, wildlife.utah.gov/dh also provides an overview of the program. You can also call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or (801) 538-4711 for more information.