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DWR considers a drawing program for elk hunting permits

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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources issued more elk hunting permits this year due to increased demand and the permits still sold out in less than a day.

Planning ahead for 2022, UDWR officials are considering including elk permits in the big game permit drawing. The competition for first-come, first-serve tickets has created panic and overloaded sales systems, and the DWR hopes that a drawing program will help alleviate these issues.

The division proposes to pilot a drawing program for 2022 before assessing the pros and cons of both methods and deciding how to proceed. The public can submit comments online through the UDWR website.