Though Utah’s big game hunts don’t occur until the fall, hunters need to start planning ahead now if they hope to get a permit.

Applications for the fall big game seasons will be accepted by the Division of Wildlife Resources starting Thursday. Hunters have until 11 p.m. on March 1 to be included in the draw.

Applications will be accepted for every big game hunt except the general-season bull elk. Those permits will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis starting July 17.

For details, visit or the DWR’s big game web page at Applications must be received through

(Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) Jan. 25 is the first day to apply for a permit to hunt bighorn sheep in Utah. Applications must be received no later than March 1 to be included in the draw for permits.