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 at wildlife.utah.gov until 11 p.m. on Oct. 6.
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 page 10 of the 2016–2017 Utah Cougar Guidebook.
New web page
If you’ve applied for a Utah cougar permit in the past, you’ll notice that the web page from which you apply looks different this year. “We worked with staff in our outreach section to give the page a fresh, new look,” Tutorow says. “We think the page will also be easier to use.”
What if I don’t draw?
By Oct. 21, you’ll know if you drew a permit. If you don’t draw a permit, you can still hunt cougars in Utah by buying a permit to hunt on a harvest-objective unit.
Harvest-objective permits go on sale Nov. 3.
Apply for a bonus point
If you’re not going to hunt cougars during the 2016–2017 season, you can still apply for a bonus point. Every cougar bonus point you have increases the chance you’ll draw a permit in the future.
Applications for bonus points must be received at wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 6.
If you have questions about hunting cougars in Utah, please call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.