A new option for hunting elk is available in Utah. The Division of Wildlife Resources is getting the word out: Privatelandsonly permits are intended to push elk off private property and back onto public land, thus making hunting on public land better in the future. DWR also emphasizes that this new effort is also aimed at getting the state’s elk population back within the levels outlined in the state’s elk management plan. “We need to ‘retrain’ elk to stay on public land by limiting the refuge areas they have on private property,” shares DWR Big Game Coordinator Justin Shannon. “Providing private landowners with additional tools, to help control elk on their property, is the key to making that happen.” The Privatelandsonly permits are available on 15 units in the state. Hunters wishing to hunt on other private property must obtain written permission from the property owner first before purchasing the privatelandsonly permit. For more information, visit www.wildlife.utah.gov.