Utah Swan hunting applications available by Aug. 6, 2002

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July 19, 2002

Utah DWR

Swan hunting applications available by Aug. 6

Salt Lake City — An earlier application period and a swan orientation course that hunters must complete before they receive their permit are two changes awaiting Utah's swan hunters this year.

Applications for 2002 Utah tundra swan hunting permits will be available by Aug. 6. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 to be entered in the draw for permits.

Hunters who have an American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa credit card can apply online at the Division's Web site (www.wildlife.utah.gov).

Hunters who don't have one of these credit cards must mail their application in. Applications will be available beginning Aug. 6 from hunting and fishing license agents statewide, DWR offices and the DWR's Web site.

A total of 2,000 permits will be available. Beginning this year, hunters who draw a permit must complete a one-time swan orientation course before their permit will be issued to them.

"The course teaches hunters some of the physical differences between tundra and trumpeter swans, which may help hunters avoid shooting trumpeters," said Tom Aldrich, waterfowl coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "It also reminds hunters about the importance of returning their harvest questionnaire at the end of the season. This information helps us determine the number of trumpeter swans that are being taken, which we believe is very low."

The orientation course takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Hunters can take it online at the DWR's Web site, or they can attend one of four courses that will be offered in northern Utah before the hunt. "I'd strongly encourage hunters to take it online," Aldrich said. "The course is very straightforward and taking it on the Internet is the easiest and most convenient way to complete it."

Results of the tundra swan draw will be posted by Sept. 11. Aldrich says a lawsuit to stop tundra swan hunting in the Western United States is pending in federal court, and there's a chance Utah's hunt could be canceled or even stopped during the season. "There is some risk that hunters will have a permit and won't be able to use it, and we want them to be aware of that," he said.

Utah's 2002 tundra swan hunting season is scheduled for Oct. 5 to Dec. 8. Hunting will be allowed in all of the marshes around the Great Salt Lake that are south of Forest St. (the road that leads from Brigham City to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge) and that are open to hunting.

Swan hunting is not allowed north of Forest St.

For more information call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office, or the Division's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.

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