All applications must be submitted through the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website at www.wildlife.utah.gov, officials said in a news release.
Before applying for a general deer hunting permit, DWR officials suggest hunters visit http://go.usa.gov/ZMCm for information that will help them decide which of Utah’s 30 deer-hunting units to apply for.
Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for DWR, suggests that hunters submit their applications before the last day of the application period.
“If you apply before March 6,” she says, “you should be able to get your application in fast.”
Waiting until the deadline day may pose some challenges, she said.
“Thousands of hunters wait until the last day to apply,” Tutorow said. “Receiving that much traffic – in such a short period of time – slows our website and the entire application process down.”
Those who wait until March 6 to apply should make sure they begin the application process before 11 p.m., she said. Those who begin the application prior to 11 p.m. but don’t log off the system before completing the application will be allowed by the system to finish the application.
“If you log off before 11 p.m., and then you try to get back into the system,” Tutorow said, “you’ll be out of luck. After 11 p.m., a bonus point and a preference point are the only things you can apply for.”
Additional information is available in the 2014 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook, which is available online at www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks, at DWR offices and from more than 300 hunting and fishing license agents across Utah.
Those who would like a chance to hunt all three general deer seasons are encouraged to consider joining Utah’s Dedicated Hunter program, Tutorow said. Lifetime license holders must complete the online lifetime license questionnaire by March 6 and select the unit you want to hunt.
For more information about applying for a 2014 Utah big game hunting permit, call the Utah Hunt Application office at 800-221-0659 or visit the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office.