Utah sandhill crane applications available by July 2

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Sandhill crane applications available by July 2

Salt Lake City — Applications will be available by July 2 to participate in sandhill crane hunts that will be held this fall in Uintah County, and three counties in northern Utah.

Hunters who applied for a sandhill crane permit during any of the past three years should receive an application in the mail by July 2. Beginning July 2, applications also will be available from hunting and fishing license agents statewide, this Web site and from Division offices and hunter education centers.

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on July 15 to be entered in the draw for permits.

Hunters who have an American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa credit card are encouraged to apply for a permit online at the Division's Web site.

Hunters who don't have a credit card must mail their application. It will take a few days for their application to arrive in the mail and they're encouraged to mail it as far in advance of the July 15 deadline as possible, said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

"To assure it's received on time, those who wait until a few days before the deadline to send their application in should consider using an overnight mailing service," Tutorow said.

Draw results will be posted by Aug. 7.

Hunts will be held in Uintah County, Cache County, Rich County and the eastern portion of Box Elder County. A total of 22 permits will be available for the Uintah County hunt, 46 will be available for Cache County, 17 for Rich County and 25 for eastern Box Elder County.

The hunts in Cache, Rich and eastern Box Elder counties will run Sept. 7 - 15. The hunt in Uintah County will run Sept. 28 - Oct. 6.

Sandhill Crane Season Forecast

Those who draw a permit can expect a good hunt, said Tom Aldrich, waterfowl coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

The success rate among those who draw a permit, and go afield to hunt sandhill cranes, is about 60 percent, Aldrich said.

He said the key to a successful sandhill crane hunt is advanced scouting. "If you can spend a day watching sandhill cranes in the mornings and evenings, when they fly between their roosting and feeding areas, and can then acquire permission from a landowner to set-up in a field where they're feeding, you'll usually be successful," Aldrich said.

Hunters may also find success pass-shooting birds as they fly between roosting and feeding areas.

"Hunting success is pretty consistent from year-to-year and is not really effected by weather or other factors," Aldrich said.

Aldrich reminds hunters that some areas in Box Elder and Cache counties are closed to sandhill crane hunting.

In Box Elder County, the western half of the county is closed, as are the Harold Crane, Public Shooting Grounds and Salt Creek waterfowl management areas, and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

In Cache County, an 11 2 mile by 11 mile area in and around Mendon is closed.

Those with questions may call the Utah Wildlife Administrative Services office at 1-800-221-0659, the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the Division's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.

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Anybody ever hunt sandhill cranes? If so, how was the hunt?
 

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