SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Wildlife Board has approved 86,500 general buck deer permits for hunts in Utah this fall. That's 500 fewer than the 87,000 permits approved in 2011.

The number of permits dropped slightly because some of Utah’s 30 units will be managed for a higher buck-to-doe ratio than biologists have managed them for in the past, said Anis Aoude, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

"The best way to increase the number of bucks per 100 does is to reduce the number of bucks that are taken during the hunting season," Aoude said.

In addition to approving general buck deer hunting permits, members of the board also approved permits for Utah's remaining big game animals.

How and when someone can obtain a permit varies according to which big game animal they want to hunt.

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