Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state’s turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring. And they have lots of reasons to be excited about next spring. The number of turkeys in Utah is growing. That means more permits and more chances to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in 2017.
“Turkey populations are doing really well in Utah,” says Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. “That means more opportunities to view and hunt the birds.”
If you’d like to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units next spring, you need to submit your application by 11 p.m. on Dec. 27. You can apply at utah-hunt.com.
The limited-entry hunt will be held in April. The following permits are available for each of the DWRs’ five regions:
Region Number of permits
Still a chance to hunt
If you don’t draw one of the 4,517 limited-entry permits, don’t pack your gun away — you can still hunt turkeys this spring.
After the limited-entry hunt is over, the general statewide turkey hunt happens in May. Permits for the general hunt are not limited in number, so you’ll have no problem getting one.
Permits for Utah’s general statewide turkey hunt go on sale Feb. 23.
More information about Utah’s 2017 spring turkey hunting season is available in the free 2016–2017 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook. You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting and fishing license agents across Utah.