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Apply for a bear permit

Feb. 10, 2014 is the first day to apply

Don't let the cold weather fool you; Utah's spring black bear hunt will start in about two months.

Starting Feb. 10, you can apply for a permit to hunt or pursue black bears in Utah this year.

Starting Feb. 10, you can apply for a permit to hunt or pursue black bears in Utah this year.

Photo by Lynn Chamberlain

If you'd like to hunt bears during the spring season, or the fall season, the time to apply for a permit is almost here. You can apply starting Feb. 10.

Apply by March 3

You can apply online for a bear hunting or a bear pursuit permit starting Feb. 10.

(Pursuit permits allow you to pursue bears with hounds, but you may not take the bears you pursue.)

To be included in the draw for permits, your application must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. on March 3.

Results of the 2014 Utah black bear draw will be available by March 14.

Apply for a bonus point

If you're not going to hunt bears in 2014, you can still apply for a bonus point. Bonus points increase the chance you'll draw a bear permit in the future.

Applications for bonus points will also be accepted online from Feb. 10 until 11 p.m. on March 3.

Get a free guidebook

Everything you need to know to apply for a permit is available in the free 2014 Utah Black Bear Guidebook.

More information

If you have questions about applying for a 2014 Utah black bear hunting permit, call the Utah Hunt Application office at 1-800-221-0659 or the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office.

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