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Apply for Utah 2012 sportsman permit beginning Nov. 1

From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- Hunters who draw the 2012 sportsman permit for desert bighorn sheep, will have plenty of days and plenty of places to find a trophy when application for the permit starts Nov. 1.

Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison and hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat.

Sportsman permits are also offered for three species not classified as big game - black bear, cougar and wild turkey.

For hunters who draw a sportsman permit, the dates to hunt can vary, and in most cases, are longer than regular season dates. The permit allows sportsmen to hunt almost any unit in Utah that open to hunting the species for which the hunter drew a permit.

Hunters can apply for a sportsman permit starting Nov. 1 at

Applications must be submitted no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 23. Draw results will be posted by Dec. 1. Hunters who draw a permit will also be informed by mail.

For more information, see page 23 of the 2011 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook or call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office. A list is available at

Hunters can also call the DWR Salt Lake City office at (801)538-4700.

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