Federal wildlife officials are making substantial reductions in the 1988 fall duck hunting seasons, but not in the swan hunts. And Utah officials say that may have resulted in some confusion.

Due to this year's drought, that has "wiped out many key waterfowl nesting areas," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, this fall's duck hunt will be cut back by 25 percent.But the federal agency said seasons on western tundra swans in Montana, Nevada and Utah are unchanged from last year.

For some reason, there are several hundred unsold swan permits left in Utah, said Catherine Quinn of the state Wildlife Resources Division.

"Utah received 2,500 permits to hunt tundra swans this season, from Oct. 8 through Jan. 1, 1989. The unclaimed permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis by mail or over the counter beginning Sept. 26," Quinn said.

The $2 swan permits will be sold in person at the division's state headquarters in Salt Lake City or by mail application to the office.