For months now, deer hunters have wondered how many general buck deer permits will be available for Utah’s 30 new deer hunting units this fall. On May 3, the Utah Wildlife Board gave the answer: 86,500.
The board divided the 86,500 permits as follows:
|Hunt||Number of permits|
Hunt Number of permits
The 86,500 permits the board approved are 500 fewer than the 87,000 permits available in 2011.
Anis Aoude, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the number of permits dropped slightly because some of the 30 units will be managed for a higher buck-to-doe ratio than biologists have managed them for in the past.
(A buck-to-doe ratio is the number of bucks per 100 does that biologists find after the hunting seasons are over in the fall.)
“The best way to increase the number of bucks per 100 does is to reduce the number of bucks that are taken during the hunting season,” Aoude says.
Starting this year, biologists will manage 14 of Utah’s 30 general deer hunting units for 15 to 17 bucks per 100 does.
The remaining 16 units will be managed for 18 to 20 bucks per 100 does.
Aoude says the 14 units that will be managed for a lower buck-to-doe ratio are units that provide good access to lots of public land. “Units that are mostly private land, or units that have public land that’s difficult to access,” he says, “are the units that we’ll manage for 18 to 20 bucks per 100 does.”
Other big game permits
In addition to approving general buck deer hunting permits at their May 3 meeting, members of the board also approved permits for Utah’s remaining big game animals.
The following are the number of big game permits available in 2011 and the number the board approved for 2012:
|Premium limited-entry deer||179||183|
|Management buck deer||105||80|
|General any bull elk||14,615||14,620|
|Spike bull elk||15,000||15,000|
|Limited-entry bull elk||2,989||2,956|
|Desert bighorn sheep||44||41|
|Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep||30||34|
Hunt 2011 2012
How to get a permit
How and when you can obtain a permit varies according to which big game animal you want to hunt.