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Utah Considers Changes for 2008
November 5, 2007.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is considering changes for the 2008 season. Changes will be finalized at their meeting on November 29.
Key changes include:
- Changing the general deer season in the Southern and Southeastern regions from a 5-day season to a 9-day season. (Most other any-weapon deer seasons in Utah are already on a 9-day season.)
- Returning the general spike bull elk hunt to a 13-day season. That would make the spike season the same length as the general any-bull elk season.
There do not seem to be any changes planned to the Premium Limited Entry or Limited Entry hunts, which are typically of more interest to non-resident hunters.
What is of interest to non-resident hunters, and what you may have missed if you haven't followed Utah news since the 2007 applications were due, is that you now have to buy a hunting license before you can apply in Utah.
Previously, you could apply in Utah for a bargain rate of $5 per application. In 2008, you'll have to purchase a $65 non-refundable hunting licenase before you can apply. This went in to effect on July 1, 2007.
Coverage on the proposed 2008 season date changes is available from The Deseret Morning News.