Hunters are being reminded that the rules for applying for special hunt permits have changed.

Hunters can apply for special deer, elk and antelope permits, along with once-in-a-lifetime permits for moose, buffalo, desert and Rocky Mountain sheep and Rocky Mountain goats through May 25.But, a hunter will only be able to receive one permit this year.

The drawing will start with the hunt with the largest number of permits and progress to the hunt with the least number of permits. Once a hunter has been successful in drawing a permits, then that hunter is ineligible for later drawings.

The order of drawing will be: 1. Limited-entry buck deer; 2. limited-entry bull elk; 3. limited entry buck antelope; 4. moose; 5. buffalo; 6. desert bighorn sheep; 7. Rocky Mountain goats; and 8. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

Those hunters putting in for several hunts will face better chances of drawing one. Those hunters interested only in once-in-a-lifetime hunts should may not want to apply for deer, elk or antelope.

Applications must be mailed and postmarked by May 25. Proclamations and applications are available at all Division of Wildlife Resources offices and major sporting goods stores.

The drawing will be June 28 at the Lee Kay Center.

DWR ACQUIRES PRIME PROPERTY - The DWR's purchase of the Cunningham Ranch in the remote Book Cliffs in east-central Utah, has been called "the most significant purchase of land for Utah wildlife in decades."

Tim Provan, director of the DWR, announced the purchase last week of the 7,600 acre property.

The DWR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through matching funds, paid about $1.5 million for the property. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundtion donated $50,000 to the project.

The parcel borders 50,000 acres of state land inside the Book Cliffs' roadless area. Much of this land, however, was unavailable because of limited access through the Cunningham property.

The area is recognized as having some of the best wildlife range in Utah.