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.

Applications to hunt wild turkeys during Utah’s limited-entry hunt will be accepted starting Dec. 4.  You can apply at www.wildlife.utah.gov.

Your application must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Dec. 23 to be entered in the draw for permits.

The limited-entry hunt will be held in April.  The following permits are available for each of the Division of Wildlife Resources’ five regions:

Region                       Number of permits
Northern                     400
Central                       500
Northeastern               250
Southeastern              250
Southern                    1,100

General statewide hunt

If you don’t draw a limited-entry permit, don’t pack your gun away—you can still hunt turkeys this spring.

Permits for Utah’s general statewide hunt go on sale Feb. 20.

The general statewide hunt will be held in May.

Turkey guidebook

More information about Utah’s 2014 turkey hunting season is available in the 2013 – 2014 Utah Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook.  The free guidebook is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks and from DWR offices and hunting and fishing license agents across Utah.

Image courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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