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 www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks or the DWR’s big game web page at www.wildlife.utah.gov/biggame. Applications must be received through www.wildlife.utah.gov.

(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.