WOODS CROSS – This will be one of the best bobcat and cougar hunting seasons for the species hunters this year.
Bobcat hunters will now be able to get as many as six permits this season, and there will be a limitless number of permits available for all hunters who want to trap for bobcats this year.
Changes to this season’s bobcat and cougar hunts were first brought up by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources board members earlier in the summer, which highlighted possible changes that include a limitless amount of overall permits available and an increase in the number of bobcat permits available per hunter.
On Aug. 28, the board approved the number of permits available per hunter and lifted the total number of permits available for the upcoming season.
Leslie McFarlane, a mammals coordinator for DWR, said in a press release sent to the Clipper that the bobcat population has been growing in the state for many years.
An outlined Bobcat Management Plan showed four targets that biologists wanted to reach in regards to the species’ population numbers.
“As long as two of the targets are met the total number of permits doesn’t need to be capped,” she said. “Any hunter or trapper who wants to participate can obtain up to six permits each.”
The new cougar hunting changes were not completely released by DWR in its press release; however, it said the rules that were approved “should result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season” compared to last season.
The 2013-2014 hunt counted 330 total cougars taken.
Bobcat hunting season starts Wednesday, Nov. 19 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 15.
Permits for hunting bobcats will go on sale starting Wednesday, Oct. 1.
All of the changes will be outlined once the newest guidebooks for each hunting season is released. DWR noted the cougar hunting guidebook will be available by Monday, Sept. 15.