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Rifle deer hunt permits still available

Permits on sale Oct. 9, 2012

If you want to participate in this fall's rifle buck deer hunt—but you don't have a permit yet—wildlife officials have some great news: More than 1,300 permits are still available to hunt in northern Utah.

More than 1,300 permits to hunt during this year's rifle buck deer hunt go on sale Oct. 9, 2012

More than 1,300 permits to hunt during this year's rifle buck deer hunt go on sale Oct. 9, 2012.

Photo by Brent Stettler

The permits go on sale Oct. 9 on a first-come, first-served basis. Starting at 8 a.m., you can get a permit at wildlife.utah.gov, from more than 300 license agents across Utah and at DWR offices.

On Oct. 4, the last day of Utah's muzzleloader deer hunt, the following permits were available for the following units:

Unit Permits
Box Elder 622
Cache 220
Chalk Creek/East Canyon/Morgan-South Rich 424
Ogden 56

Two of the units—the Box Elder and the Cache—are large areas in northern Utah. Both areas provide plenty of hunting opportunity and have lots of public land.

Most of the Chalk Creek/East Canyon/Morgan-South Rich unit is private property. Written permission from landowners is required to hunt on private land on the unit.

Weren't all of the rifle permits taken earlier this year?

The rifle permits that will be available on Oct. 9 were originally archery and muzzleloader permits that archery and muzzleloader hunters didn't take.

"These permits will become rifle permits on Oct. 9," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We're excited to give rifle hunters, who didn't get a permit earlier this year, a chance to get out and hunt."

For more information, call the nearest DWR office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.

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