Spring turkey hunting application deadline fast approaching

SOUTHERN UTAH — 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. And, with the number of turkeys in Utah growing, it means there are more permits and more chances to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in 2016.

“Turkey populations are doing really well in Utah,” said Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. “That means more opportunities to view and hunt the birds.”

If you’d like to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units next spring, you need to submit your application by 11 p.m. Dec. 28. You can apply online.

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

  • Southern, 2,000
  • Southeastern, 478
  • Central, 589
  • Northern, 742
  • Northeastern, 381
Growing turkey populations mean more opportunities to view and hunt the birds, location unspecified, Nov. 21, 2014 | Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News
Growing turkey populations mean more opportunities to view and hunt the birds. Location unspecified, Nov. 21, 2014 | Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

Still a chance to hunt

If you don’t draw one of the 4,190 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 is held 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. 18, 2016.

Turkey guidebook

More information about Utah’s 2016 spring turkey hunting season is available in the 2015-2016 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.

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