Johanna Workman
General-season bull elk hunting permits are now on sale.

SALT LAKE CITY — General-season bull elk hunting permits are now on sale.

A total of 30,000 rifle and muzzleloader permits are available, according to a press release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. There are no limits on the number of permits for the general archery elk hunt.

The permits are $50 for Utah residents. All hunters must possess either a valid basic hunting license or a combination hunting and fishing license before purchasing a more specific hunting permit. The permits can be purchased at wildlife.utah.gov or at division offices around the state.

The archery hunt starts Aug. 19, the rifle hunt starts Oct. 7 and the muzzleloader hunt starts Nov. 1.

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Before buying a rifle or muzzleloader permit, hunters will need to decide which units they want to hunt: any-bull units, where hunters are allowed to take a bull of any size, or spike-only units, where only spike bulls may be taken.

If hunters buy an any-bull permit, they can hunt on all of the any-bull units in Utah. If they buy a spike-only permit, they can hunt on all of the spike-only units in the state.

A map that shows the units can be found in the free “2017 Utah Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook,” which can be downloaded on the division's website.