posted on September 01, 2014 07:35
Those who enjoy hunting turkeys will be given a second chance before the year is over. The Utah Wildlife Board approved a Fall hunt for 2014. This decision was made during their early June meeting.
This will be the first time that a Fall hunt has occurred in the state for 30 years. Yet the hunt is necessary in order to control the excessive numbers.
In contrast to the spring hunt, both male and female turkeys can be shot and taken, in the hope to control the population. Hunting only males does little to control the numbers.
Another reason is that the different genders are hard to distinguish between during the Fall. The males aren’t as brightly colored and so hunters would be likely taking a significant number of females even without the restrictions.
According to the details for the Fall hunt there will be 73 permits available for the Northern region of the state and 220 permits for the southern region. There will also be restrictions to where the hunting can take place.
The Fall season will run from November 1 to December 31 in the Northern area and the southern region will benefit from an additional 15 days, running up to January 15.
Those hunters who would like to take part can obtain their licenses from 8am on September 18, either from a DWR office, a hunting license agency or from the Utah Wildlife website.
There are no restrictions on the hunters who can obtain permits, with the licenses being sold on a first come, first serve basis.
It is important to note that there are certain weapon restrictions during this period including centerfire rifles and pistols which are not allowed. Also if you plan to hunt on private land, written permission must be sought by the landowner prior to hunting.
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