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Webpage helps Utah deer hunters make Switch to 30 hunting units

From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- Feb. 1 is the first day applications will be accepted to hunt Utah's five deer-hunting regions which have been split into 30 smaller areas-called units-for the 2012 hunt.

Hunters are scrambling for information that will help them decide which unit to apply for, and a new webpage is now available to give hunters some guidance at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/news/118-big-game/708-prepare-for-2012-deer-hunt.html.

The webpage includes a map that shows where all 30 units are located, a link to detailed maps and a boundary description for each unit, a list that shows the average number of bucks per 100 does on each unit for the past three years, a list that shows the number of hunters who hunted each area in 2011 and a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Amy Canning, communications specialist said the information will help hunters make the best choice possible. One item that isn't on the site is drawing odds from last year, and there's a good reason for that. This is the first year hunters have applied for 30 separate units, so the data needed to determine drawing odds isn't available yet.

"After the application period is over, and after the Utah Wildlife Board sets permit numbers this spring," Canning says, "we'll have the information needed to let those who apply for the 2013 hunt know what the odds were in 2012."

Hunters can apply for a 2012 deer permit, or any big game hunting permit in Utah, online at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/.

Applications must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. March 1 to be entered in the draw for permits.  For those who have questions or need help completing the application, call any DWR office before 5 p.m. March 1.

Results of the 2012 Utah big game draw will be available by May 31.

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