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Utah general turkey permits on sale Feb. 24

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- If you're a hunter who didn't obtain a limited-entry permit to hunt wild turkeys in Utah this spring, don't put your shotgun away yet. Permits to hunt during Utah's general statewide turkey hunt go on sale Feb. 24.

Justin Dolling, upland game and migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says he and other DWR biologists are excited that all of Utah's turkey hunters can hunt this year.

"Our biologists have worked hard to get Utah's turkey population to the point that all of the state's turkey hunters can hunt," Dolling says. "It's rewarding to see how well turkeys are doing in Utah."

Because the general hunt is fairly new, Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR, says the agency won't run out of permits because the number of general turkey permits the agency can offer isn't limited.  Permits will be available until the season ends May 31.

Hunters who buy a general turkey permit can hunt anywhere in Utah that's open to turkey hunting.

Starting Feb. 24, permits will also be available online at www.wildlife.utah.gov as well as at DWR offices and at more than 300 hunting license agents across Utah.

Hunters can buy a general turkey permit and still keep all limited-entry turkey bonus points. Hunters will not lose any bonus points if purchasing a general turkey permit. Those who obtained a limited-entry turkey permit, can't obtain a general turkey permit. Hunters can have only one turkey permit each year. Results of the 2011 limited-entry turkey draw were posted Jan. 27.

Two general hunts will be held; the first hunt is a special youth hunt for hunters who were 15 years or younger on Jan. 27 which runs April 29 to May 1.To participate in the youth hunt, young hunters must buy a general statewide hunting permit. Young hunters who drew a limited-entry permit can't participate in the youth hunt.

Youngsters who buy a permit for the youth hunt can also use the permit to hunt during Utah's general statewide hunt. That hunt opens May 2.  

The second hunt-the general statewide hunt-is open to anyone who buys a general turkey permit and runs May 2 to 31.

For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the Salt Lake City office at (801)538-4700.

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