Upland game hunts begin soon: what hunters can expect this fall

If you didn’t draw out for any of the big game hunt drawings, but would still like the opportunity to hunt this fall, you still can, according to state wildlife officials. The majority of the upland game hunts in Utah are free and open to anyone with a Utah hunting license. “So whether it’s a long-standing tradition, or you are wanting to harvest a new species like chukar or grouse, here are a few things you should know that will help you have success,” said a press release from the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Bird hunting applications opened July 3 for 4 hunts

Qualifying to hunt most bird species in Utah is simple: buy a combination or small game license and head afield. However, some bird species also require a special permit in addition to a hunting license, including band-tailed pigeon, tundra swan, sharp-tailed grouse, greater sage grouse, white-tailed ptarmigan, sandhill crane and turkey. According to a press release from the Division of Wildlife Resrouces, the permits for band-tailed pigeon and white-tailed ptarmigan are available for free starting July 30 on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website or from any license agent. The permits for greater sage grouse, sandhill crane, swan and sharp-tailed grouse are available through the Utah hunt drawing. Individuals can apply for those permits until July 18.