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Pick Up Bonus Cow Tags in Utah Beginning July 22

July 16, 2008.

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:

Does the chance to take two elk, and spend more time hunting elk, sound like something you'd like to do?

If it does, mark July 22 on your calendar. That's when cow elk permits that were not taken in this year's Utah Antlerless Draw go on sale.

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says you can have two elk hunting permits in Utah, but at least one of those permits must be a cow elk permit.

"Allowing elk hunters to have at least one cow elk permit is a 'win-win' for everyone," Tutorow says. "It helps keep Utah's elk herds within their population objectives. It also gives hunters more time to hunt elk."

Starting July 22, you can obtain a second elk permit if you meet any of the following requirements:

  • If you already have a cow elk permit, you can obtain another cow elk permit.
  • If you already have a bull elk permit or an archery elk permit, but you haven't obtained a cow elk permit, you can obtain a cow elk permit.
  • If you haven't obtained any elk permits, you can obtain two cow elk permits. But please remember that if you obtain two cow elk permits, you can't buy a bull elk or an archery elk permit this year.

If you have a cow elk permit, but you haven't obtained a bull elk or an archery elk permit, you have another option. Instead of buying another cow permit, you can buy a bull elk or an archery elk permit.

Tutorow says you can have two elk permits in any of the following combinations:

  • One bull elk permit and one cow elk permit;
  • Two cow elk permits; or,
  • One archery elk permit and one cow elk permit.

You may NOT obtain two bull elk permits, or a bull elk permit and an archery elk permit.

Cow elk permits on sale July 22

Permits that were not taken in this year's antlerless draw will be available starting July 22 at Division offices, on their Web site and at license agents throughout the state during their business hours.

Permits will be available at the Web site and at DWR offices starting at 8 a.m. Hunting license agents will open their doors during their regular business hours, so the hours when you can buy a permit from them will vary.

Mostly private land

Most of the hunts for which permits will be available on July 22 occur mostly on private land. "I encourage you to get written permission from the landowner before you buy a permit for a hunt that's held on private land," Tutorow says. "That way, if you obtain the permit, you know you'll be able to use it."

For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.


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