If you don't have a permit to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall, your next chance to get one begins June 17, 2010. That's when Northern Region rifle and muzzleloader permits that were not taken in this year's big game draw go on sale.
Most of Utah's buck deer permits were taken in the draw, but 5,500 Northern Region rifle and muzzleloader permits are still available.
Bull elk permits to hunt during Utah's general season also go on sale June 17, 2010.
You can buy a permit starting at 7 a.m. at the DWR's website (wildlife.utah.gov ) and from DWR offices and more than 300 hunting license agents across Utah.
The website will be busy
"Our website will be busy on the morning of June 17," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR. "If the site reaches the maximum number of people it can serve, a message will pop up indicating the site has reached its full capacity.
"If that happens, stay on the site and be patient," she says. "You should be able to access the site again in just a few minutes."
When did permits sell out in 2009?
In 2009, buck deer permits that were not taken in the 2009 draw went on sale on June 11. Permits to hunt in the Northern Region sold out on June 13, just two days after they went on sale.
General bull elk permits also went on sale on June 11 last year.
Permits to hunt on spike-only units sold out on Aug. 28. Permits to hunt on any-bull units sold out on Sept. 28.
For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.