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Youth archery permits on sale July 11

Permits available for each of Utah's 30 deer units

If you're a young hunter who likes to hunt deer with a bow and arrow, but you don't have a permit to hunt in Utah this fall, you're in luck: Archery permits for young hunters go on sale July 11.

Buck deer archery permits -- for those 18 years of age or younger -- go on sale July 11

Buck deer archery permits — for those 18 years of age or younger — go on sale July 11.

Photo by Bill Bates

Permits are available for each of Utah's 30 general deer hunting units. To qualify, you must be 18 years of age or younger on Aug. 17. You must also be a graduate of Utah's Hunter Education program.

The special youth permits go on sale at 8 a.m. You can get a permit on our website. Permits will also be available at Division of Wildlife Resources offices and from more than 300 hunting license agents across Utah.

The Utah Wildlife Board approved the special youth archery permits at a meeting in May. The number of permits ranges from a low of eight permits for the Plateau, Thousands Lakes unit to a high of 355 permits for the Central Mountains, Manti/San Rafael unit.

You can see the number of permits for each unit online.

Start practicing

Among the archery, muzzleloader and rifle deer hunts, the success rate is lowest during the archery hunt. For example, during the 2012 general archery hunt, 23 percent of those with an archery permit took a deer.

If you buy a youth archery permit, Anis Aoude encourages you to get your bow and arrows out and start practicing. "If you start practicing now," says Aoude, big game coordinator for the DWR, "you'll have a much better chance of hitting your target this fall."


More information about the youth archery deer permits is available on pages 22 and 23 of the free 2013 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook.

If you have questions, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.

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