Applications accepted until Dec. 27

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state's turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring.

If you'd like to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in Utah next spring, you need to submit your application by Dec. 27.

If you'd like to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in Utah next spring, you need to submit your application by Dec. 27.

Applications for spring 2019 limited-entry turkey hunting permits are being accepted at wildlife.utah.gov. To be included in the draw for permits, you must submit your application no later than 11 p.m. on Dec. 27.

"I think we'll have a good turkey hunt in Utah next spring," says Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "The state's turkey populations are doing really well."

The limited-entry hunt will be held in April. The following permits are available for each of the DWRs' five regions:

Region Number of permits
Northern 400
Central 250
Northeastern 249
Southeastern 305
Southern 1,550

Still a chance to hunt

If you don't draw one of the 2,754 limited-entry permits, don't pack your gun away — you can still hunt turkeys this spring.

After the limited-entry hunt is over, the general statewide turkey hunt happens in May. Permits for the general hunt are not limited in number, so you'll have no problem getting one.

Permits for Utah's general statewide turkey hunt go on sale Feb. 21.

Turkey guidebook

More information about Utah's 2019 spring turkey hunting season is available in the 2018 - 2019 Utah Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook. The free guidebook is available online. You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting and fishing license agents across Utah.