ST GEORGE – Even though the 2013-2014 cougar hunting limited-entry permit drawing is past in Utah, cougar hunters may still lawfully hunt. The yearly cougar hunt in Utah has two different types of permits: the limited-entry permit, awarded through a drawing which has already occurred; and the harvest-objective permit, issued in unlimited numbers with use subject to area quotas.
Harvest-objective permits go on sale Nov. 5 over the counter or online. Those holding a limited-entry cougar permit for the 2013-2014 season may not obtain a harvest-objective permit. Any Utah cougar permit purchased after the season opens is not valid until three days from the date of purchase. Therefore, the last day to purchase a 2013-2014 harvest-objective permit is Nov. 6, 2014.
Although Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources issues an unlimited number of harvest-objective permits, DWR biologists have identified the number of cougars generally, and female cougars specifically, that they want taken on a given management area. Once that quota is reached, all units in that area will be closed for cougar hunting even if it is before the season ending date.
When a unit closes, harvest-objective permit holders can move to other open units throughout the state.
Utah has several predator management and cougar management areas, each encompassing one or more hunting units. The nearest units to St. George are the Pine Valley Predator Management Unit, consisting only of the Zion unit, and the Pine Valley Cougar Management Area, consisting of three units: Paunsaugunt, Pine Valley and Southwest Desert. Note that the harvest-objective hunts begin Nov. 13, 2013, on some units and March 3, 2014, on others. See maps with harvest-objective and limited-entry dates below.
Before each hunting trip on a harvest-objective unit, you must call 1-888-668-LION (5466), or visit the 2013-14 cougar harvest-objective hunting units web page, to verify that the area you’d like to hunt the next day is still open to hunting. The phone line and the website are updated by noon each day. The closures take effect the following day.
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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 2013-2014 Cougar Handbook – pdf
For update information on which areas are open or closed visit the cougar harvest page of the Utah DWR site.
Listing of DWR offices and education centers – locally:Southern Region
1470 N Airport Rd, Cedar City, UT 84720
Phone: 435-865-6100 Washington County field office
451 N SR-318, Hurricane, UT 84737
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