A total of 14,500 Utah spike bull elk permits Ã¯Â¿Â½ 4,500 less than the 19,000 listed in the 2002 Utah Big Game Proclamation Ã¯Â¿Â½ will be available to resident and nonresident hunters beginning July 18.
In addition to the spike bull permits, 13,000 any bull elk permits for this fall's hunts also will be available beginning July 18.
Permits may be purchased from more than 230 license agents statewide, from the Division of Wildlife Resources Internet Web site (www.wildlife.utah.gov) and from Division offices.
Buying a permit from a license agent or the Division's Web site is probably the way to go on July 18. "General buck deer permits will also go on sale July 18 and we're expecting long lines at some of our offices," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
"Hunting license agents no longer sell Utah buck deer permits, so the lines at license agents locations across the state should be a lot shorter that day and we're encouraging bull elk hunters to go there for their permits," Tutorow says. "We don't want them to stand in a long line if they don't need to.
"Another great option is our Internet Web site," she says. "If you have an American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa credit card, you can log onto the site and buy a permit from the convenience of your home."
Bull elk hunters are reminded that antlerless elk control permits will not be available this year and that results of Utah's 2002 Antlerless Draw will not be available until Aug. 1. Any permits not taken in the Antlerless Draw will be available during a second draw. Applications for the second draw will be accepted from Aug. 1 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 9.