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1,500 Utah youth archery deer permits on sale July 8

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- Hunters 18 years of age or younger on Aug. 21, 2010, can still get a permit to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall. Starting at 7 a.m. July 8, 2010 a total of 1,500 general statewide archery buck deer permits go on sale.

Young hunters can buy a permit at the Division of Wildlife Resource's website  at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/ or at any DWR office or from more than 300 hunting license agents across Utah.

The youth permits are not part of the state's current 95,000 general deer permit cap. They are extra permits the Utah Wildlife Board added to give young hunters a better chance to hunt this fall.

Anis Aoude, big game coordinator for the DWR, says more than 15,000 young hunters applied for a general deer hunting permit this year. More than 2,000 of those hunters didn't draw one. Adding 1,500 archery permits should give most of these young hunters a chance to hunt.

Because success during the archery hunt is low, biologists feel putting 1,500 extra young hunters in the field will not have a negative effect on the state's deer herds. The success rate during Utah's 2009 general archery buck deer hunt was 17 percent. That's compared to 29 percent during the muzzleloader hunt and 30 percent during the rifle hunt.

"You may not realize it, but in North America, hunters and anglers provide almost all of the funding to manage wildlife. And all of us get to enjoy the wildlife that the sportsmen are paying to manage," Aoude said. "That's why it's so important that young people pick up the sport of hunting."

For more information about the Utah youth archery permits, contact the Division's Salt Lake City office at (801)538-4700.

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