July 20 is the last day to apply

Qualifying to hunt most game bird species in Utah is simple: buy a combination or small game license, and head afield.

Applications to hunt tundra swans in Utah will be accepted July 5 - 20.

Applications to hunt tundra swans in Utah will be accepted July 5-20.

Four species, though — tundra swan, sharp-tailed grouse, greater sage grouse and sandhill crane — also require a special permit. If you'd like to hunt any of those birds this fall, you must apply soon.

You can start applying on July 5. To make sure your application is included in the drawing for permits, you must apply through wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m. on July 20.

You'll know if you drew a permit by Aug. 7.

If you're not going to hunt swans, grouse or cranes this year, you can still apply for a preference point. Hunters with preference points have the best chance of obtaining a permit in 2018.

If you have questions about applying for a permit, call the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office at 1-800-221-0659 or the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office.