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Apply Soon For Utah Spring Turkey

November 24, 2008.

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:

Thanksgiving isn't the only reason Utah's wild turkey hunters will be thinking about turkey over the next few weeks— the chance to apply for a permit to hunt turkeys next spring starts Dec. 2.

And if you own land that supports wild turkeys, you won't have to wait until Dec. 2 to apply for a landowner turkey permit— applications for landowner turkey permits are being accepted now!

Public hunting permits

Starting Dec. 2, turkey hunters can apply for a 2009 Utah turkey permit at

Your application must be received through the Web site no later than 11 p.m. on Dec. 30 to be entered in the draw for permits. If you need help applying online, please call (801) 538-4700 no later than 6 p.m. on Dec. 30.

You'll know by Jan. 29 whether you drew a permit. And there are plenty of permits to draw for. The Utah Wildlife Board has approved more than 13,700 public permits for next spring's hunts.
Landowner permits

If you own land that supports turkeys in Utah, you may qualify to apply for a landowner turkey permit. Landowner permits are a way to thank landowners for maintaining and enhancing turkey habitat on private land and to encourage them to do so in the future.

If you want to apply for a landowner turkey permit, you must obtain an application from a regional DWR office. After completing the application, you must fax, mail or hand deliver it to the DWR office in the region your property is located in no later than 6 p.m. on Dec. 4.

"We used to accept applications for landowner turkey permits at about the same time we were accepting applications for public hunting permits," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR. "This was confusing for landowners, and many of them applied for the wrong hunt. We decided to change the way we accept landowner applications to try and clear up the confusion."

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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