Thursday, 18 October 2012 10:17
Harvest-objective permits go on sale Nov. 1
If you don't obtain a limited-entry cougar hunting permit this year, no problem—you can still hunt cougars in Utah.
Permits to hunt cougars on harvest-objective units go on sale Nov. 1.
Photo by Lynn Chamberlain
Permits to hunt on harvest-objective units go on sale Nov. 1.
What's a harvest-objective unit?
Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says there are three major differences between harvest-objective units and limited-entry units:
(Utah has nine cougar management areas. Each area has several individual units. Once hunters take the number of cougars biologists want taken on the management area, the hunt on all of the units in the area will close.)
"For example," Tutorow says, "let's say the harvest objective for a management area is 48 cougars. The hunt on all of the units in that area will close when 48 cougars are taken on the area, even if the date when the season is supposed to end hasn't arrived yet."
The season can also close early if hunters take the number of female cougars that biologists want taken on the management area.
If an area closes early, that doesn't mean your cougar hunt is over. If the area you want to hunt closes, you can still hunt on any harvest-objective area in Utah that's still open to hunting.
Tutorow provides the following reminders:
The free guidebook is available online. You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting and fishing license agents across Utah.
For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.
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