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SPORTSMAN HUNT PERMITS

Applications for 2005 sportsman permits will be available by Nov. 3.

Only Utah residents may apply. One permit is offered for each of the following species: desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison, hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat, black bear, cougar, sandhill crane and wild turkey.

The permits are among the most prized offered each year to Utah sportsmen.

The 2005 permit hunt runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31. Hunters may hunt on any unit open for the respective species, except Antelope Island for bison; the Pilot Mountain unit for elk; and the Pine Valley Virgin River unit for desert bighorn sheep.

Beginning Nov. 3, hunters who have a major credit card can apply for a permit online at www.wildlife.utah.gov. Hunters without a major credit card must mail in their application.

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 17. A $5 nonrefundable handling fee is required for each species a hunter applies for.

Results will be posted by Dec. 8. Also, successful applicants will be notified by mail.

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

ROCKPORT FACILITIES CLOSED FOR SEASON

Beginning Nov. 1, only primitive facilities will be available at Rockport State Park.

Open year-round is primitive camping at Cottonwood, Hawthorn, Crandall and Twin Coves campgrounds, which have vault toilets and water.

Boat docks have been removed for the season, and a temporary wedge has been installed. Boating and fishing conditions remain good, but boaters are encouraged to check weather conditions before venturing out. The boat ramp and parking will remain open all season to accommodate winter users.

For more information call 435-336-2241.

BUFFALO ROUNDUP

The backcountry trails on Antelope Island will close Saturday and Sunday during the annual Bison Range Ride and Roundup. The White Rock Group Area will close Friday through Sunday.

The areas will all reopen on Monday.

The eastside road, leading to the Fielding Garr Ranch, will remain open during this event, but visitors may encounter delays.

The closures are necessary to ensure the safety of visitors, the bison herd and those participating in the roundup.

Each year, helicopters, horseback riders and four-wheel-drive vehicles are used to move the bison from the southern tip of the island to the handling facilities on the north end.

To reach Antelope Island State Park, take I-15 to exit 335—Syracuse-Freeport Center—and travel west on Antelope Drive to the entrance gate. Park fees are $8 per vehicle and $4 for bicyclists and walk-ins. For more information call 801-773-2941.

WINTER HOURS AT JORDANELLE

Winter hours are now in effect at Jordanelle State Park.

Hailstone entrance gates are open 24 hours a day, and the Rock Cliff Area is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rock Cliff Nature Center is open weekends only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Camping at Rock Cliff is on a first-come, first-served basis with a reduced camping fee of $8 beginning in November. Chemical toilets are available, but there is no water.

Camping is available at Hailstone on a first-come, first-served basis but will close when winter comes. The marina rest room will remain open all winter.

Fees are $9 per vehicle for day use and $11 to $17 for overnight camping. For more information and camping availability call 435-649-9540.

LAKE POWELL SERVICES

It was announced last week that ARAMARK, which operates five marinas on the shore of Lake Powell, would be closing lodging and restaurant services at Wahweap and Bullfrog on Nov. 15 and reopening on March 14.

There will be boat rentals available at Wahweap, as well as fuel at Bullfrog, Dangling Rope and Wahweap.

The concessionaire that operates Antelope Point will have boat rentals and fuel available during the winter months. Boaters can also pay to launch from its private ramp.

Antelope Point Marina is the newest addition to Lake Powell marinas. The $75 million facility sits on Navajo and National Park Service land.