Youth Buck Hunting

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Young hunters who obtained a statewide general archery permit in 2003 missed out on a chance to hunt all three general buck deer seasons last fall.

Utah's 2004 big game application period is underway, and the Division of Wildlife Resources reminds young hunters that they must obtain a general rifle or muzzleloader buck deer permit for a chance to hunt all three seasons this fall.

Young hunters are also reminded that they may take only one buck deer in Utah each season, so the chance to hunt all three seasons ends as soon as they take a deer. Hunters must be 18-years-old or younger on Aug. 21, 2004 (the beginning of the state's 2004 general archery buck deer season) to qualify for the youth hunting opportunity.

"General archery buck deer permits are statewide permits, and rifle and muzzleloader deer hunting is restricted to specific regions," explains Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR. "If a young hunter obtains a statewide archery permit, we have no way of knowing which region they should be hunting in during the rifle and muzzleloader seasons. That=s why young hunters who obtain a general archery permit aren't allowed to hunt during the rifle and muzzleloader seasons."

Tutorow encourages youths interested in hunting all three seasons to apply for either a general rifle or general muzzleloader permit during the application period, which ends at 5 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Young hunters who obtain a 2004 general rifle or general muzzleloader buck deer permit may hunt in any of the state's five general season regions during the general archery hunt. During the muzzleloader and rifle hunts, youth hunters must hunt in the region they obtained a permit for.

Young hunters afield during the statewide general archery hunt are reminded that they may not hunt on limited entry units. Limited entry units are open only to those who obtain a limited entry permit.

Giving young hunters a chance to hunt all three seasons was started in 2000 as a way to increase interest in big game hunting among Utah's young people.