From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Apply for a cougar hunting permit

Applications accepted until Oct. 9, 2014

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 9.
If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 9 - Photo by Lynn Chamberlain

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in soon.

Applications for hunting permits will be accepted until 11 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, reminds you that if you draw a limited-entry permit, you cannot buy a permit to hunt on a harvest-objective unit. "Before you apply for a permit," she says, "make sure a limited-entry hunt is the hunt you want to participate in."

More information about the two permits is available on pages 11–13 of the free 2014–2015 Utah Cougar Guidebook. You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting license agents across Utah.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Duck, goose & swan hunt starts Oct. 4

Canada goose numbers second highest in 10 years

Pintail ducks are highly prized among many Utah hunters. Thousands of pintails will migrate through Utah this fall.
Pintail ducks are highly prized among many Utah hunters. Thousands of pintails will migrate through Utah this fall - Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A mixed bag awaits Utah's waterfowl hunters this fall:

  • The number of Canada geese produced in the state is the second highest in the past 10 years. Couple that with good production in Montana and western Canada, and this could be a banner year for Canada goose hunting in Utah.
  • Duck hunters can expect plenty of birds to migrate through the state. The number of ducks produced in Utah was down this spring, but production in Alaska, Montana and most of Alberta and British Columbia was up. The question is, how long will the ducks remain in Utah? The water level on Great Salt Lake is close to its lowest point on record. A smaller lake means ducks won't have as many places to escape hunters when hunting pressure builds on the marshes.
  • With only one exception, marsh conditions are great on state waterfowl management areas across Utah. And conditions are also good at the federal Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Brigham City. At both the state and federal areas, managers were able to keep water on the main marsh units throughout the summer.

    Wetlands outside of the WMAs and the refuge are much drier. Dry conditions on these seasonal marshes will force hunters into a smaller area. It will also reduce the places waterfowl can go, to escape hunting pressure on the WMAs and the refuge.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Take a young person duck hunting

Young hunters will have the marshes all to themselves on Sept. 20. That’s the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt.
Young hunters will have the marshes all to themselves for Utah's annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt. Photo by Keith Fullenkamp
Salt Lake City, Utah - Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have Utah's marshes — and the ducks and geese that go with them — all to themselves on Sept. 20.

That's the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

And this year, even young people who haven't completed a Hunter Education course can participate through a new program offered in Utah.

The state's Trial Hunting program allows someone 21 years of age or older to take a person 12 to 15 years old hunting, even if the 12- to 15-year-old hasn't completed Hunter Education.

See more information about the Trial Hunting program.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife ResourcesApproved bobcat hunting changes

Cougar hunting rules also approved

Hunters and trappers will have more chances to take bobcats in Utah this season.
Hunters & trappers will have more chances to take bobcats in Utah - Photo courtesy of Gary Kramer & the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Salt Lake City, Utah - At their Aug. 28 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved a recommendation to allow an individual hunter or trapper to obtain up to six bobcat permits.

During the 2013–2014 season, each trapper or hunter could not obtain more than three bobcat permits. Also, during the 2013–2014 season, not more than 4,600 hunters and trappers were allowed to participate. This season, there's no limit on the number of hunters and trappers who can purchase up to six permits each.

Board members also approved cougar hunting rules at the meeting. The rules that were approved should result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season as were taken in Utah during the 2013–2014 season.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Bobcat hunting changes

DWR also recommends cougar hunting rules for upcoming season

Wildlife biologists are recommending changes that could result in more chances to take bobcats in Utah this fall.

Bobcats appear to be doing well in Utah.
Bobcats appear to be doing well in Utah.
Photo courtesy of Gary Kramer and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The recommendations would also result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season. During the 2013–2014 season, a total of 330 cougars were taken.

You can review the Division of Wildlife Resources' bobcat and cougar recommendations online.

Learn more, share your ideas

After you've reviewed the ideas online, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.

RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Aug. 28 to approve rules for Utah's 2014–2015 cougar and furbearer seasons.

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From Taurus - Taurus' Jessie Duff wins World Speed Shooting Championships

Jessie Duff becomes Lady Steel Master in Florida

St. George, Utah - Taurus®, the global leader in revolver manufacturing, commends their team captain who has worked hard year round to earn titles like 1st Lady and Lady Steel Master. Jessie Duff placed first in three divisions while in St. George, Utah this past weekend.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Board approves big game permits

Board members receive encouraging news about Utah's deer herds

Mule deer are doing well in Utah.
Mule deer are doing well in Utah - Photo by Lynn Chamberlain
Salt Lake City — Members of the Utah Wildlife Board heard some encouraging news about Utah's deer herds at their meeting on May 1.

After hearing the news, the seven-member board approved 200 additional general season buck deer permits for this fall's hunts. Permits for the remaining big game hunts in Utah were also approved.

Permit numbers

The following shows the number of big game hunting permits available in 2013 and the number the board approved for 2014:

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Learn how to hunt wild turkeys

Free seminars in Logan and Salt Lake CityAttending a seminar is the perfect way to prepare for Utah’s general statewide turkey hunt - Photo courtesy of The National Wild Turkey Federation

Salt Lake City, Utah - You can learn how to hunt wild turkeys at free seminars in Logan and Salt Lake City.

At the seminars, you'll learn how to set up for and call turkeys. The type of equipment you need, and how to hunt turkeys safely, will also be covered.

Each seminar begins at 6 p.m.

The first seminar will be held April 24 at the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, 2851 W. 200 N. in Logan. The second seminar will be held April 30 at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range, 6000 W. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City.

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Become an effective long range marksman this summer with NRA Outdoors

NRA Outdoors Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship School

Tulsa, Oklahoma – NRA Outdoors has announced the dates for its 2014 Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship Schools, conducted at the R&K Queen Mountain Guest Ranch in Evanston, Wyoming. The four day courses teach the fundamentals of long range shooting, shaping attendees into effective marksmen with the knowledge and confidence to make shots up to 1,000 yards.

Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship Schools feature hands-on instruction by experienced NRA Certified Instructors and some of the industry’s foremost authorities on long range shooting. Classes explore in-depth topics such as ammunition selection, reading weather, bullet placement, spotting skills, maintenance, and more.

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