Almost time to apply for bear hunting and pursuit permits

Photo location unspecified, Jan. 27, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Even though many areas of black bear habitat are still covered in snow, Utah’s spring black bear hunt will start in just over two months, and the time to apply for that hunt, as well as summer and fall, is almost here. Applications will be accepted starting Feb. 6.

Don’t miss the deadline

If you want to hunt black bears on limited entry areas in Utah this year, Feb. 6 is the day you can start applying for permits, photo location unspecified, Jan. 27, 2017 | photo courtesy of Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

You can apply for a bear hunting or a bear pursuit permit starting Feb. 6 at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website.

Pursuit permits allow you to pursue bears with hounds, but you may not take the bears you pursue.

To be included in the draw for permits, your application must be received through the DNR website no later than 11 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Results of the 2017 Utah black bear draw will be available by March 10.

Apply for bonus points

If you’re not going to hunt bears in 2017, you can still apply for bonus points, which increase the chance you’ll draw a bear permit in the future.

For more information on bonus points, click here.

Get a free guidebook

Everything you need to know to apply for a permit is available in the 2017 Utah Black Bear Guidebook.

The free guidebook is available here.

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