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Hunters advised to apply early for Utah deer hunt

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- Hunters who want to hunt deer in Utah's five regions this fall, need to submit their hunting permit applications no later than March 3.

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator, said Utah will not be split into 29 smaller hunting areas until the 2012 season. "This fall," she says, "hunters can still hunt within the five regions they are used to hunting in."

Those who want to hunt during the deer hunt or during other big game hunts in Utah this fall, need to file  their application at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/ no later than 11 p.m. March 3 to be included in the draw for permits.

Hunters are advised to apply early. "Thousands of hunters wait until the last day to apply," Tutorow says. "Receiving that much traffic in such a short period of time slows down the website."

"If you log out of the website after 11 p.m. and then try and get back into the system," she said, "you'll be out of luck. Starting at 11 p.m., the only thing you can apply for is a bonus point or a preference point."

Hunters are reminded that as they complete the application, to consider making a donation to control coyotes in Utah. Coyotes are the animal that most often preys on mule deer fawns.

For more information, call the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office at (800)221-0659, the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR Salt Lake City office at (801)538-4700.

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