November 20, 2009
Cougar hunting permits still available at DWR
The Spectrum Daily News
Utah's cougar hunting season started Nov. 18. Even if you didn't obtain a limited-entry permit for the hunt, you can still participate.
Permits to hunt on harvest-objective units are available at DWR's offices, at the DWR's Web site (wildlife.utah.gov) and from hunting license agents across Utah.
Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said there are three major differences between harvest-objective units and traditional limited-entry units.
"There is no limit on the number of permits we can sell for a harvest-objective unit. And you can buy harvest-objective permits on the Internet or over-the-counter," Tutorow said. "The hunt on a harvest-objective unit can close before the season ends. if hunters take the number of cougars biologists want taken.
"For example, let's say the harvest objective on a unit is 10 cougars. The hunt on that unit will close when 10 cougars are taken, even if the date when the season is supposed to end hasn't arrived yet."
The chance a unit might close early shouldn't be a big challenge, though. Harvest-objective hunting is allowed on 38 units in Utah. If the unit you want to hunt closes, you can still hunt on any harvest-objective unit that's still open to hunting.
Tutorow reminds you that you may not buy a harvest-objective permit if you've already obtained a limited-entry cougar permit for the 2009Ð10 season.
Before each hunting trip, you must call 1-888-668-LION (5466), or visit the DWR's Web site, to verify that the unit you'd like to hunt the next day is still open to hunting. The phone line and the Web site are updated by noon with information for the following day.
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