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RENO, Nev. - Utah^s statewide 2001 buck deer conservation permit will go to the highest bidder at the Mule Deer Foundation^s annual convention, March 23 - 25 in Reno, Nev. The Utah Wildlife Board allocated the permit to the Mule Deer Foundation last fall. The person who places the highest bid will receive the permit, which will allow them to hunt on any open deer hunting unit in Utah, from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2001. At least 90 percent of the money raised from the sale of the permit will be returned to the Division of Wildlife Resources. The Division will use the money in programs that will benefit Utah^s mule deer, said Jim Kairpowitz, conservation permit coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. The Mule Deer Foundation -- which has more than 60 chapters nationwide, including several in Utah -- is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to stopping the decline of mule deer in the West. Its annual convention will be held March 23 - 25 in Reno. The annual banquet, which includes auctioning of the Utah permit, will be held Saturday, March 24. "It^s an honor to help raise money for Utah^s conservation efforts," said Mule Deer Foundation President Bill Morrill. Mule Deer Foundation members from across the nation will come to Reno for the convention. They^ll visit with more than 100 outdoor-related businesses on the convention floor, attend informative seminars and help raise critical conservation funding during Saturday evening^s banquet. Mule deer are the only big game species in North America still in decline, making the organization^s mission a critical one. For more information on the convention, to attend or to arrange for proxy bidding on the Utah permit, call the Mule Deer Foundation at (775) 322-6558.

Uploaded: 3/21/2001