2017-18 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook - Utah.gov

2017-18 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook - Utah.gov
2017-18 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook - Utah.gov
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Utah Upland Game & Turkey • 2017–2018
                                                                                                                                                             This guidebook summarizes Utah’s upland
                           Turn in a poacher                  6 Key dates                          Change to general pheasant hunt: This                 game and turkey hunting laws and rules.
                           Phone: 1-800-662-3337                                                   year, Utah will hold a single, statewide general      Although the guidebook is a convenient quick-
                           Email: turninapoacher@utah.gov
                                                              6 License types and fees             pheasant hunt on both public and private              reference document for these regulations, it is
                           Online: wildlife.utah.gov/utip     7 Digital license                    lands. The hunt will run from Nov. 4–Dec. 3,          not an all-encompassing resource.
                                                              8 Age requirements                   2017. For details, see the hunt table on page
                                                                                                                                                             For an in-depth look at the state’s upland
                           Division offices                   8 Hunter education                   36.
                           Offices are open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.,                                                                                               game and turkey hunting laws and rules, visit
                           Monday through Friday.             9 License requirement                New HIP registration process: Utah                    wildlife.utah.gov/rules.
                                                              9 HIP number                         now has an easier mobile-friendly process for             You can use the references in the guide-
                           Salt Lake City                                                          registering in the Migratory Game Bird Harvest        book—such as Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah
                                                              10 Upland game permits
                              1594 W North Temple                                                  Information Program (HIP). This registration is       Administrative Rule R657-6-4—to search the
                              Box 146301                      11 Upland Game Slam                  mandatory if you plan to hunt migratory game          Division’s website for the detailed statute or
                              Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301   13 Youth hunts — upland game         birds—including American crow, band-tailed            rule that underpins the guidebook summary.
                              801-538-4700                    14 Turkey permits                    pigeon, mourning dove, sandhill crane or                  If you have questions about a particular
                                                              15 Youth hunts — turkey              white-winged dove—during the 2017–2018                rule, call or visit the nearest Division office.
                           Central Region                                                          season. To register, visit wildlife.utah.gov/uthip.
                              1115 N Main Street              17 Depredation hunts                 For more information, please see page 9.              Who makes the rules?
                              Springville, UT 84663           18 Trial Hunting Program                                                                       The Utah Wildlife Board passes the rules
                              801-491-5678                    20 Field regulations                 Lower cost for resident youth general-                summarized in this guidebook.
                                                                                                   season turkey permits: Starting this year,                There are seven board members, and
                           Northeastern Region                20 Weapon requirements               a resident youth general-season turkey permit         each serves a six-year term. Appointed by the
                              318 N Vernal Avenue             21 Hunter orange                     will only cost $25. See all license and permit
                              Vernal, UT 84078                                                                                                           governor, board members are not Division
                                                              21 Areas with special restrictions   fees on pages 6–7.                                    employees.
                              435-781-9453
                                                              21 Are you allowed to possess a 		   New fall turkey hunt: This year, Utah                     The Division’s director serves as the board’s
                           Northern Region                       weapon?                           will hold a new fall general-season turkey            executive secretary but does not have a vote on
                              515 E 5300 S                    22 Banded or collared birds          hunt in select areas of southeastern Utah.            wildlife policies.
                              Ogden, UT 84405                                                      For more information about Utah’s three fall              Before board members make changes to
                              801-476-2740                    23 Trespassing                                                                             wildlife rules, they listen to recommendations
                                                                                                   turkey hunts, see page 16. For detailed
                                                              24 Hunting methods                   fall turkey hunt boundaries and maps, visit           from Division biologists. They also receive input
                           Southeastern Region                24 Harvest surveys                                                                         from the public and various interest groups via
                              319 N Carbonville Road, Ste A                                        wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner in August 2017.
                                                              27 Possession and transportation                                                           the regional advisory council (RAC) process.
                              Price, UT 84501                                                      Change to the Uintah County sandhill
                              435-613-3700                    30 Prairie dogs                                                                                 If you have feedback or suggestions for
                                                                                                   crane hunt: The sandhill crane hunt in                board members, you can find their contact
                                                              31 Wildlife management areas         Uintah County is moving from September to             information online at wildlife.utah.gov.
                           Southern Region
                              1470 N Airport Road             33 Season dates, bag limits and      October because crane numbers in the area
                              Cedar City, UT 84721               hunt areas                        now peak in October. For season dates, see            Wildlife Board members
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                              435-865-6100                    41 Shooting hours                    page 37.
                                                                                                                                                         Byron Bateman John Bair, Chair
                                                              44 Species identification            New Cooperative Wildlife Management                   Calvin Crandall Kirk Woodward, Vice Chair
                           Washington County Field Office                                                                                                Steve Dalton
                                                              53 Turkey age                        Unit: The new Pahvant Ensign Cooperative                              Gregory Sheehan,
                             451 N SR-318
                             Hurricane, UT 84737                                                   Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) will be               Donnie Hunter        Division Director
                                                              54 Definitions                                                                             Michael King        & Executive Secretary
                             435-879-8694                                                          open to turkey hunting for the first time in
                                                              56 Quick-reference calendar          spring 2018. Please see page 19 for more
                                                                                                   information on how to obtain a CWMU permit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Utah Upland Game & Turkey • 2017–2018
                                                                                                                                                 Don’t lose your hunting and fishing privileges
                                        Starting this year, hunting unit boundary            with a group of up to four people for the
                                        descriptions will no longer be printed on            following hunts: greater sage-grouse, sandhill      If you commit a wildlife violation, you could lose the privilege of hunting and fishing in Utah.
                                                                                                                                                 The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can suspend the license of
                                        greater sage-grouse, sandhill crane, sharp-          crane, sharp-tailed grouse and limited-entry        anyone who knowingly, intentionally or recklessly violates wildlife
                                        tailed grouse and swan permits. Unit maps            turkey.                                             laws. Your license can be suspended for a wildlife violation if:
                                        and boundary descriptions will be available at                                                                • You are convicted.
                                        wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner.                       Trial hunting program: People who
                                                                                                                                                      • You plead guilty or no contest.
                                                                                             haven’t hunted may be able to try it for the
                                        New Utah Hunt Planner: The Utah Hunt                 first time without taking Hunter Education. For          • You enter a plea in abeyance or
                                                                                                                                                        diversion agreement.
                                        Planner is a new online tool you can use to          details, see the box on page 18.
                                        be better prepared for your next Utah hunt. It                                                           Suspension proceedings are separate and indepen-
                                                                                             Opportunities for youth: For detailed               dent from criminal prosecution. The Utah Division of
                                        contains information on Utah’s hunting units,
                                                                                             information on youth hunting opportunities          Wildlife Resources may suspend your license privileges
                                        including details about the units’ accessibility,                                                        whether or not the court considers suspension in your
                                        habitat, safety and weather. To use the hunt         and age requirements, please see the boxes on
                                                                                                                                                 criminal case. You will be notified of any action against
                                        planner, visit wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner.        pages 13 and 15.                                    your privilege after criminal proceedings conclude. And
                                                                                                                                                 remember, if your license is suspended in Utah, you
                                        Brief WMA closures for youth pheasant                Upland Game Slam: This year, the Division           may not be permitted to hunt or fish in most other
                                        hunts: This year, the Annabella and Pahvant          is continuing the Upland Game Slam program.         states. (Visit wildlife.utah.gov/know-the-consequences.html to see a map of participating states.)
                                        wildlife management areas (WMAs) will be             Hunters who join the program help improve
                                        closed to the general public on Nov. 11, 2017        upland hunting and earn prizes for harvest-       Hunting license required: You must have                     504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II
                                        for sponsored youth pheasant hunts.                  ing various upland game species. For more         a valid Utah hunting or combination license                 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,
                                                                                             information, see the box on page 11.              before you can hunt upland game or apply for                the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of
                                        Use non-lead ammunition at Pariette                                                                    or obtain a turkey permit. You can buy your                 the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S.
                                        Wetlands: If you hunt upland game—in-                Walk-in Access program requirement:               license from a license agent, a Division office             Department of the Interior and its bureaus
                                        cluding pheasants—in the Pariette Wetlands,          If you plan to hunt on Utah’s Walk-in Access      or online at wildlife.utah.gov. You can also pur-           prohibit discrimination on the basis of race,
                                        you must use non-lead ammunition.                    properties in 2017–2018, you’ll need to obtain    chase your license by calling 1-800-221-0659.               color, national origin, age, disability or sex. If
                                                                                             an authorization number. For details, see the                                                                 you believe that you have been discriminated
                                        Check season dates: Season dates change              information box on page 23.                       Collared-doves (Eurasian and African):                      against in any program, activity or facility, or
                                        every year. For details, see the tables that start                                                     Do not pluck any collared-doves before                      if you desire further information, please visit
                                        on page 33 or the quick-reference calendar on        Other permits available: Beginning July           transporting them. You do not need a license
                                                                                             27 at 8 a.m. MDT, you can obtain the free                                                                     www.doi.gov/pmb/eeo/public-civil-rights.cfm.
                                        page 56.                                                                                               to hunt collared-doves, and you can hunt them
                                                                                             permits required for hunting band-tailed pi-      statewide throughout the year. Please see                   Private lands: The Division cannot guarantee
                                        And keep in mind                                     geon and white-tailed ptarmigan. Permits are      page 51 for characteristics that will help you              access to any private land. Under certain cir-
                                                                                             available at wildlife.utah.gov and from license   distinguish the various dove species in Utah.               cumstances, you must obtain written permis-
                                        Drawing for crane, grouse and swan                   agents and Division offices.                                                                                    sion from the landowner or the landowner’s
                                        permits: You can apply for greater sage-                                                               Corrections: If errors are found in this guide-             authorized representative before hunting on
                                        grouse, sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse and                                                        book after it is printed, the Division will correct         private lands. For more information, please see
                                        swan permits in the same hunt drawing. The              Boundary maps online                           them in the electronic copy that is posted at               Trespassing on page 23.
                                        application period runs from July 5–20, 2017.               Looking for a map of your hunt-            wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks.
                                        To learn more, see page 10.                             ing area? Maps of all hunt boundaries,                                                                     Division funding: The Division is mostly
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                                                                                                Walk-in Access areas and wildlife              Protection from discrimination: The                         funded by the sale of hunting and fishing
                                        Hunt drawing for turkey permits: If you                 management areas are available at              Division receives federal financial assistance              licenses and through federal aid made possible
                                        hope to hunt turkey on a limited-entry unit             wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner. Detailed        from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under              by an excise tax on the sale of firearms and
                                        or CWMU in 2018, the application period runs            boundary descriptions will no longer be        Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section           other hunting- and fishing-related equipment.
                                        from Nov. 29–Dec. 27, 2017. See page 14 for             printed on hunting permits.
                                        more information.


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KEY DATES AND FEES
Utah Upland Game & Turkey • 2017–2018   KEY DATES                                       FEES                                                    Nonresident license fees                                Resident turkey permit




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Utah Upland Game & Turkey • 2017–2018
                                                                                                                                                 License                          Fee                   fees
                                        Grouse and sandhill crane                       Resident license fees
                                                                                                                                                 3-day small game license         $32                    Turkey limited-entry permit                  $35†
                                        application dates                                License                          Fee                    (any age)                                               Turkey general-season permit                 $35
                                        Apply online                    July 5, 2017     365-day hunting license          $11                    365-day hunting license          $25                    Turkey general-season permit                 $25
                                        Application deadline           July 20, 2017     (age 13 and under)                                      (age 17 and younger)                                    (youth)
                                        Drawing results available       Aug. 7, 2017     365-day hunting license          $16                    365-day hunting license          $65                    CWMU turkey permit                           $35†
                                                                                         (ages 14–17)                                            (age 18 and older)
                                        Remaining permits              Aug. 17, 2017
                                        available                                        365-day hunting license          $34                    Multi-year hunting               $64 per year, up      Nonresident turkey
                                                                                         (ages 18–64)                                            license (age 18 and              to five years         permit fees
                                        Turkey application and                           365-day hunting license          $25                    older)
                                                                                         (age 65 and older)                                                                                              Turkey limited-entry permit                 $100†
                                        purchase dates                                                                                           365-day combination*             $29
                                                                                         Multi-year hunting               $33 per year, up       license (age 17 and                                     Turkey general-season permit                 $100
                                        Fall 2017 general-season       Sept. 14, 2017    license (age 18 and              to five years          younger)
                                        permits available                                                                                                                                                CWMU turkey permit                          $100†
                                                                                         older)                                                  365-day combination*             $85
                                        Limited-entry applications     Nov. 29, 2017     365-day combination*             $20                    license (age 18 and                                    † You will be charged a $10 nonrefundable ap-
                                        available online                                 license (ages 14–17)                                    older)                                                 plication fee if you obtain this permit through the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        hunt drawing. If you obtain a permit that remains
                                        Application deadline           Dec. 27, 2017     365-day combination*             $38                    Multi-year combination*          $84 per year, up      available after the drawing, the application fee does
                                        Drawing results available      Jan. 10, 2018     license (ages 18–64)                                    license (age 18 and              to five years         not apply.
                                                                                                                                                 older)
                                        Remaining limited-entry        Feb. 22, 2018     365-day combination*             $29
                                        permits available                                license (age 65 and                                    * A combination license allows you to hunt or fish in
                                                                                         older)                                                 Utah and also allows you to fish with a second pole.
                                        Spring general-season          Feb. 22, 2018                                                                                                                        Store your digital
                                        permits available                                Multi-year combination*          $37 per year, up      Upland game permit fees                                     license on the app
                                                                                         license (age 18 and              to five years                                                                          With our convenient Utah Hunting
                                        Turkey season dates                              older)                                                  Greater sage-grouse permit                    $0†          and Fishing app, you can now download
                                                                                        * A combination license allows you to hunt or fish in    Sandhill crane permit                        $15†          your license to a smartphone or tablet.
                                        Fall 2017 general           Nov. 1, 2017–
                                        season (northern            Jan. 15, 2018       Utah and also allows you to fish with a second pole.                                                                     If a conservation officer asks to see
                                                                                                                                                 Sharp-tailed grouse permit                    $0†
                                        Utah)                                                                                                                                                               your license, you can produce the digital
                                                                                                                                                 Band-tailed pigeon permit                     $0
                                        Fall 2017 general           Nov. 1, 2017–          Three-day nonresident                                                                                            copy, which is just as valid as a paper
                                        season (southern            Jan. 31, 2018                                                                White-tailed ptarmigan permit                 $0           license.
                                                                                           small game license
                                        Utah)                                                  If you’re not a resident of Utah and             † You will be charged a $10 nonrefundable applica-               If you use the app, you will be able
                                        Fall 2017 general           Nov. 1, 2017–          you’ll only be in the state for a short              tion or handling fee to obtain this permit.                 to easily see when your license expires.
                                        season (southeast-          Jan. 14, 2018          time, you can hunt upland game without                                                                                You can also enter and save your
                                        ern Utah)                                          paying the full price for a nonresident                                                                          HIP number on the app, so it’s available
                                        Spring limited-         April 14–26, 2018          license. A three-day nonresident small                                                                           when you need it.
                                        entry season                                                                                                                                                             The app is available for both Apple
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                                                                                           game license is now available for
                                        Spring youth hunt       April 27–29, 2018          $32. You can purchase one online at                                                                              and Android devices. You can download
                                                                                           wildlife.utah.gov or from license agents                                                                         it at wildlife.utah.gov/mobileapp.
                                        Spring 2018             April 30–May 31,                                                                                                                                 Please remember that licenses are
                                        general season                 2018                and Division offices.
                                                                                               This three-day license does not allow                                                                        different from permits. If you have a
                                                                                           you to apply for or obtain big game, bear,                                                                       permit for a specific hunt, you must
                                                                                           cougar or turkey permits.                                                                                        carry it with you while hunting.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Utah Upland Game & Turkey • 2017–2018
                                                                                                                                              mind:                                                   plicable permits with you while you’re hunting
                                        Are you planning to hunt upland game or wild turkey in Utah this year? Before you head
                                                                                                                                                  • Hunters under the age of 16 must be               upland game, and you cannot alter, transfer or
                                        into the field, make sure you meet Utah’s hunter education and license requirements. And,                   accompanied by an adult while hunting.            lend your license or permit to another person.
                                        if you plan to hunt migratory game birds, you must also obtain a Harvest Information                      • All hunting regulations, including season
                                        Program (HIP) registration number. This section explains how to meet these requirements.                    dates and bag limits, will apply.                 Do you have a HIP
                                        Are you old enough?                               Is hunter education                                     • Hunters who are planning to hunt out              number?
                                                                                                                                                    of state should allow enough time for             50 CFR 20.20 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-6-3
                                        Utah Code § 23-19-11
                                                                                          required?                                                 their hunter education card to arrive in               In addition to your license, if you’re hunting
                                            In Utah, there are no age restrictions for    Utah Code § 23-19-11 & Utah Admin. Rule R657-23
                                        upland game or turkey hunters. If you have                                                                  the mail.                                         migratory game birds—American crow, band-
                                                                                               If you were born after Dec. 31, 1965, you
                                        passed a Division-approved hunter education                                                                                                                   tailed pigeon, mourning dove, sandhill crane
                                                                                          must provide proof that you’ve passed a hunter      New to Utah?
                                        course, then you can hunt upland game and                                                                                                                     or white-winged dove—you must obtain
                                                                                          education course approved by the Division               If you become a Utah resident, and you’ve
                                        turkey in Utah, regardless of your age.                                                                                                                       a Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information
                                                                                          before you can apply for or obtain a hunting or     completed a hunter education course in                  Program (HIP) registration number for Utah.
                                                                                          combination license.                                another state, province or country, you must
                                        Adults must accompany                                  The only exception to this law is for indi-
                                        young hunters                                                                                         obtain a Utah blue card before you can buy a            A new, mobile-friendly
                                                                                          viduals who are participating in the Division’s     resident hunting license. You can obtain a Utah         process
                                        Utah Code § 23-20-20
                                                                                          Trial Hunting Program. You can find details         blue card at any Division office by providing                Starting this year, there is a new mobile-
                                            While hunting with any weapon, a person
                                                                                          about the program on page 18 or by visiting         proof that you’ve completed a hunter educa-             friendly way to obtain a Utah HIP number.
                                        under 14 years old must be accompanied
                                                                                          wildlife.utah.gov/trial.                            tion course approved by the Division.                   Just visit wildlife.utah.gov/uthip from any
                                        by his or her parent, legal guardian or other
                                        responsible person who is 21 years of age or      Proof of hunter education                                                                                   computer, smartphone or tablet and complete
                                        older and who has been approved by the par-           You can prove that you’ve completed
                                                                                                                                              Do you have a license?                                  a few brief questions.
                                                                                                                                              Utah Code §§ 23-19-1 and 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule        You will need to provide information about
                                        ent or guardian.                                  hunter education by obtaining a hunter educa-       R657-54-3
                                            A person at least 14 years old and under 16   tion card (called a “blue card” in Utah) or by                                                              any migratory game bird hunts you partici-
                                                                                                                                                  You must purchase a hunting license or a
                                        years old must be accompanied by a person 21      using a hunting license from a previous year                                                                pated in during the 2016–2017 season.
                                                                                                                                              combination license to hunt upland game in
                                        years of age or older while hunting with any      with your hunter education number noted on                                                                       When you complete the registration
                                                                                                                                              Utah. You must also have one of these licenses
                                        weapon.                                           the license.                                                                                                process, your new HIP number will appear
                                                                                                                                              before you can apply for or obtain a permit to
                                            The Division encourages adults to be                                                                                                                      on the screen. You can also choose to have it
                                                                                                                                              hunt a turkey. Here’s the difference between
                                        familiar with hunter education guidelines or to   How to take hunter                                  the two licenses:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      emailed to you.
                                        complete the hunter education course before       education                                                                                                        If you need help while registering for a HIP
                                                                                                                                                   • A hunting license allows you to hunt             number, please call 801-538-4700 from Mon.–
                                        accompanying youth into the field.                    To get started, you should visit                       small game, including upland game and            Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
                                            While in the field, the youth and the adult   wildlife.utah.gov/huntereducation. You’ll see              waterfowl.                                            Once you’ve obtained your HIP number,
                                        must remain close enough for the adult to see     links to a complete list of traditional or online        • A combination license allows you to fish          you must write the number in the space
                                        and provide verbal assistance to the young        hunter education courses. Follow the instruc-              and hunt small game in Utah.                     provided on your current hunting license.
                                        hunter. Using electronic devices, such as         tions on the website to sign up for a course.           It costs less to buy a combination license
                                        walkie-talkies or cell phones, does not meet          If you need assistance, please contact your                                                                  You can also enter and save your HIP num-
                                                                                                                                              than it does to buy separate hunting and
                                        this requirement.                                 local Division office or call 801-538-4727.                                                                 ber on the Utah Hunting and Fishing app. The
                                                                                                                                              fishing licenses.                                        app is available at wildlife.utah.gov/mobileapp.
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                                                                                              When you complete the course, your in-              Licenses are available at wildlife.utah.gov
                                                                                          structor will sign your course certificate, which   and from license agents and Division offices.
                                                                                          will then become your hunting license. With a       You can also purchase a license by calling
                                                                                          valid hunting license, you can also apply for or    1-800-221-0659. The line is staffed 24 hours
                                                                                          obtain permits in the Division’s hunt drawings.     a day, seven days a week. In addition to the
                                                                                              Approximately four to six weeks after you       fee for the license, you’ll also be charged a $2
                                                                                          complete the course, you will receive your blue     transaction fee for each item you buy.
                                                                                          card by mail.
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                                                                                                                                                   credit or debit card when your application is
                                        PERMIT                                                                                                     processed. Your application can be rejected if
                                        After you meet the basic hunting requirements (see page 8), you should determine                           your credit or debit card is invalid or refused. A
                                        whether you need any additional permits. There are a few upland game hunts that require                    permit fee is charged only if you are successful
                                        you to obtain a separate permit before you can head into the field. This section outlines the              in drawing a permit. For a list of permit fees,
                                        types of permits available and explains how to apply for or obtain them. You’ll also find                  see page 7.
                                        information about group applications, preference points and the youth hunt drawing.                             You can use American Express, Discover,
                                                                                                                                                   MasterCard and VISA credit or debit cards as           Upland Game Slam
                                        Types of permits                                             The permits for greater sage-grouse, sand-    payment. You can also use a pre-paid credit            program
                                        Utah Code §§ 23-19-1 and 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule   hill crane and sharp-tailed grouse are available   card. Please keep in mind that the Division is              This year, the Division is continuing
                                        R657-6-4 and R657-6-5                                   through the state’s hunt drawing.                  not responsible for any bank charges incurred          its Upland Game Slam program in part-
                                            You must obtain a permit if you want to                                                                for the use of credit or debit cards.                  nership with multiple conservation orga-
                                        hunt the following upland game species:                 Applying for a permit                                   All credit or debit cards must be valid           nizations. Hunters who join the program
                                             • Band-tailed pigeon                               Utah Admin. Rules R657-62-21 and R657-42-8
                                                                                                                                                   through September 2017. To change the credit           contribute directly to funding upland
                                             • Greater sage-grouse (a two-bird permit)              To hunt greater sage-grouse, sandhill crane
                                                                                                                                                   or debit card associated with your application,        game habitat projects and earn prizes for
                                             • Sandhill crane (a one-bird permit)               or sharp-tailed grouse in Utah, you must draw
                                                                                                                                                   call 1-800-221-0659 or visit utah-hunt.com.            harvesting various upland game species.
                                             • Sharp-tailed grouse (a two-bird permit)          a permit in the hunt drawing. You can apply for
                                                                                                                                                        If you obtain a greater sage-grouse, sand-        Goals of the program include:
                                             • White-tailed ptarmigan                           the drawing online at wildlife.utah.gov from
                                                                                                                                                   hill crane or sharp-tailed grouse permit, please             • Encourage hunters to improve their
                                            For each of the above species, you may              July 5–20, 2017.
                                                                                                                                                   remember that you must have a valid hunting                    upland game identification skills
                                        only obtain one permit.                                     Don’t forget: You may also apply for
                                                                                                                                                   or combination license in order to use your                  • Help hunters learn more about up-
                                            Band-tailed pigeon and white-tailed                 a swan permit when you apply for grouse
                                                                                                                                                   permit. If your hunting license expires before                 land game habitats and behavior
                                        ptarmigan permits are available at                      and crane permits in the hunt drawing. For
                                                                                                                                                   the applicable hunting season ends, you’ll have              • Raise money for upland game-
                                        wildlife.utah.gov, and from license agents              details, see pages 11–14 of the 2017–18 Utah
                                                                                                                                                   to buy a new license to hunt the remainder of                  specific projects
                                        and Division offices, beginning July 27 at 8              Waterfowl Guidebook.
                                                                                                                                                   the season.                                                  • Create friendly competition among
                                        a.m. MDT.                                                   If you don’t want to apply for a permit this
                                                                                                year, but you want a better chance of drawing                                                                     hunters
                                                                                                                                                   July 20: Deadline for permit applica-
                                                                                                one next year, you can apply for a preference                                                                  To learn more about this exciting pro-
                                                                                                                                                   tions and preference points
                                                                                                point instead.                                                                                            gram, visit wildlife.utah.gov/uplandslam.
                                           Youth upland game                                                                                            Your application must be submitted
                                                                                                    Please note the following dates if you want    through wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m.
                                           drawing process                                      to apply for permits or preference points.
                                           Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-21
                                                                                                                                                   MDT on July 20, 2017. If you need help with
                                                Fifteen percent of this year’s greater                                                             your online application, please call any Division    application you submit, you will be charged a
                                                                                                July 5: Apply online for permits or
                                           sage-grouse, sandhill crane and sharp-                                                                  office before 5 p.m. MDT on July 20. A Division      $10 nonrefundable application fee.
                                                                                                preference points
                                           tailed grouse permits are reserved for                                                                  employee will be available to help you.                  If you need help with your online applica-
                                                                                                     Beginning July 5, 2017, you can visit
                                           youth hunters.                                                                                                                                               tion, please call any Division office before 5
                                                                                                wildlife.utah.gov to apply for greater sage-       July 20: Deadline to withdraw and
                                                You are considered a youth if you                                                                                                                       p.m. MDT on July 20, 2017.
                                                                                                grouse, sandhill crane and sharp-tailed grouse     resubmit your application
                                           will be 17 years old or younger on July              permits or preference points. You may apply            Did you make a mistake in your online            July 20: Deadline to withdraw your
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                                           31, 2017.                                            for one permit or preference point per species     permit application? Simply withdraw your             application
                                                You can participate in the youth                each year.                                         original online application and submit a new,            If you decide not to hunt, you can with-
                                           drawing by submitting an application                      Both residents and nonresidents may           correct application before 11 p.m. MDT on July       draw your online permit application until 11
                                           as an individual hunter. You will not be             apply. Groups of up to four people may also ap-    20, 2017.                                            p.m. MDT on July 20, 2017. Application fees are
                                           included in the youth drawing if you                 ply. For more information, please see Applying         You must have your confirmation number,          not refundable.
                                           apply as a member of a group.                        as a group on page 12.                             your customer ID and your date of birth in or-
                                                                                                                                                   der to withdraw your application. For each new

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                                            You’ll be notified of the drawing results by     Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-9                          same way for third, fourth and fifth choices.      point
                                        email on or before Aug. 7, 2017. You can also            Preference points are used to ensure that       If you draw a permit, you will lose all of your         If you are eligible to obtain a greater
                                        learn the drawing results by calling 1-800-221-      applicants who are unsuccessful—or who              preference points.                                 sage-grouse, sandhill crane or sharp-tailed
                                        0659 or by visiting wildlife.utah.gov.               apply only for preference points for greater             Preference points are averaged and            grouse permit, you are eligible to apply for a
                                            Note: Drawing results are not final until        sage-grouse, sandhill crane and sharp-tailed        rounded down when two or more applicants           preference point for that hunt.
                                        you receive an official notification email. If you   grouse—will have an advantage in the next           apply as a group. For example, if hunter A with         You cannot apply for both a permit and a
                                        draw a permit, you’ll receive your permit in the     year’s drawing for the respective permits.          three preference points and hunter B with zero     preference point for the same species.
                                        mail in August.                                          A preference point is awarded for each          preference points apply as a group, the prefer-         You will not forfeit your preference points
                                                                                             unsuccessful greater sage-grouse, sandhill          ence points are averaged (1.5) and rounded         if you obtain a permit that remains after the
                                        August 17: Remaining permits avail-                  crane and sharp-tailed grouse application.          down to one.                                       drawing.
                                        able                                                     If you don’t want to apply for a permit this                                                            You cannot apply for a greater sage-
                                            Any permits remaining after the hunt             year, but you want a better chance of drawing                                                          grouse, sandhill crane or sharp-tailed grouse
                                        drawing may be obtained beginning Aug. 17,           one next year, you can apply for a prefer-                                                             permit or a preference point if you are currently
                                        2017, at wildlife.utah.gov and from license          ence point instead. You will be charged a $10                                                          under wildlife license suspension.
                                        agents and Division offices. Remaining permits         application fee for every preference point you
                                        are available on a first-come, first-served basis.     apply for (limit one per species).
                                            Note: If you plan to visit a license agent,          The application period is from July 5–20,
                                        you should find out when they’ll be open for         2017.
                                        business. A list of license agents is available at                                                         Youth hunts for upland                           Youth pheasant and quail hunts
                                                                                                 You may surrender your greater sage-                                                                   The youth pheasant and quail hunts
                                        wildlife.utah.gov/licenseagents.                                                                           game
                                                                                             grouse, sandhill crane or sharp-tailed grouse                                                          will be held statewide Oct. 14–16, 2017. To
                                                                                                                                                       This fall, Utah is continuing its expanded
                                                                                             permit before the season opening date to                                                               participate in these hunts, you must be 17
                                        Applying as a group                                  reinstate your preference points, including a
                                                                                                                                                   statewide youth-only hunts for chukar, gray
                                        Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-21                                                                                (Hungarian) partridge, pheasant and quail.       years of age or younger on July 31, 2017.
                                            Instead of applying as an individual hunter,     preference point for the current year (just as if                                                          For shooting hours, see page 41. For
                                                                                                                                                   Young hunters will have the opportunity to
                                        you and your friends and family can apply as a       a permit had not been drawn).                                                                          bag and possession limits, see the hunt
                                                                                                                                                   hunt for three days instead of just one.
                                        group for each of the following hunts:               How preference points work in the                         These hunts are open to all youth who        tables that begin on page 33.
                                             • Greater sage-grouse                           drawing                                               meet the age requirements and who either
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Adult hunting partner
                                             • Sandhill crane                                     Starting with the highest point level, the       graduate from hunter education or partici-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        All hunters under the age of 16 must be
                                             • Sharp-tailed grouse                           drawing looks at the hunter’s first choice. If        pate in the Trial Hunting Program.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    accompanied by a person 21 years of age or
                                            Up to four hunters—including both resi-          a permit is available for the hunt, the permit        Youth chukar and gray partridge                  older who has been approved by the youth’s
                                        dents and nonresidents—can apply together            is awarded. (In the case of a group applica-
                                                                                                                                                   hunts                                            parent or legal guardian.
                                        for greater sage-grouse, sandhill crane and          tion, permits are awarded if there are enough
                                        sharp-tailed grouse permits.                                                                                   The youth chukar and gray partridge
                                                                                             permits for the people in the group.) If permits                                                       Additional hunt opportunities
                                            For details on applying as a group for swan                                                            hunts will be held statewide Sept. 23–25,
                                                                                             are not available, the application is skipped,                                                             Youth can take advantage of some ad-
                                        permits, see page 12 of the 2017–18 Utah                                                                   2017. To participate in these hunts, you
                                                                                             and the first choice of the next person is                                                             ditional hunt opportunities this year. A few
                                        Waterfowl Guidebook.                                                                                       must be 17 years of age or younger on July
                                                                                             considered.                                                                                            sponsored hunts will be available during
                                            Please remember that if you’re a youth,                                                                31, 2017.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the upland game season. For more informa-
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                                                                                                  After all first choices have been considered
                                        and you want to participate in the youth hunt                                                                  For shooting hours, see page 41. For
                                                                                             at that preference point level, the drawing                                                            tion, visit wildlife.utah.gov/uplandyouth.
                                        drawing, you must apply as an individual                                                                   bag and possession limits, see the hunt
                                                                                             will look at the first choices of hunters at the                                                           For more information about youth
                                        hunter. Do NOT apply as part of a group. Please                                                            tables that begin on page 33.                    turkey hunts, please see the information
                                                                                             next-highest preference point level. After
                                        see the information box on page 10 for more          all the applicants’ first choices have been                                                            box on page 15.
                                        information about the youth hunt drawing.            considered, the drawing will look at everyone’s



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Utah Upland Game & Turkey • 2017–2018
                                                                                                                                              of the applicants in your group who have valid        invalid or refused.
                                        After you meet Utah’s hunter education and license requirements (see page 8), you
                                                                                                                                              applications will receive a permit.                        You can use American Express, Discover,
                                        can apply for or obtain a wild turkey permit. You must have a turkey permit before you                     Please remember that if you’re a youth,          MasterCard and VISA credit or debit cards as
                                        can hunt turkeys in Utah. This section provides information about the different types of              and you want your application to be consid-           payment. You can also use a pre-paid credit
                                        turkey permits, the permit application process, bonus points, applying with a group and               ered in the youth portion of the limited-entry        card. Please keep in mind that the Division is
                                        important dates for turkey hunters.                                                                   turkey drawing, you must apply as an indi-            not responsible for any bank charges incurred
                                                                                                                                              vidual hunter. Do NOT apply as part of a group.       for the use of credit or debit cards.
                                        Types of turkey                                    (those who are 17 years old and younger by
                                                                                                                                                                                                         All credit or debit cards must be valid
                                                                                           July 31, 2018). For more information on this
                                        permits                                                                                               Permit application fees                               through March 2018. To change the credit or
                                                                                           opportunity for youth, see the information box
                                            There are a variety of turkey permits avail-                                                      Utah Code § 23-19-38 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-6
                                                                                                                                                                                                    debit card associated with your application,
                                                                                           on page 15.                                            There is a nonrefundable $10 application
                                        able to hunters:                                                                                                                                            call 1-800-221-0659 or visit utah-hunt.com.
                                                                                               If a youth obtains a limited-entry permit      fee when you apply for a turkey limited-entry
                                             • Limited-entry permits
                                                                                           but does not harvest during the limited-entry      permit or a bonus point.
                                             • General-season permits (spring and fall)                                                                                                             Remaining permits
                                                                                           season, he or she will be allowed to continue          The application fee will be charged to your
                                             • Conservation permits                                                                                                                                 Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-14
                                                                                           hunting during the spring general-season           credit or debit card when your application is             Starting Feb. 22, 2018 at 8 a.m. MST, any
                                             • Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit
                                                                                           youth hunt and the spring general season.          processed. Permit fees are charged later if you       remaining turkey limited-entry permits will
                                               (CWMU) permits
                                                                                               For more information on the limited-entry      are successful in the drawing. Your application       be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If
                                             • Poaching-reported reward permits
                                                                                           areas, see page 35.
                                            You may obtain one permit for the spring
                                        season (limited-entry, general-season or           Turkey application period
                                        CWMU) and one for the fall season.                     The 2018 turkey application period will be       Turkey hunting                                      General-season permits and the
                                            Please remember that you must carry the        open from Nov. 29–Dec. 27, 2017. Here’s what         opportunities for youth                             youth-only hunt
                                        turkey permit on your person while you’re                                                               Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-25 and R657-54-20              If you’re a youth who obtains a turkey
                                                                                           you need to know in order to apply for a turkey
                                        hunting. You cannot alter your permit or                                                                    If you’re a youth hunter, make sure you         general-season permit, you can participate
                                                                                           limited-entry permit or a bonus point (see
                                        transfer it to another person.                                                                          understand all of the opportunities you have        in Utah’s Youth Turkey Hunt from April
                                                                                           page 16 for more information about bonus
                                                                                                                                                to hunt and harvest a wild turkey.                  27–29, 2018. (See page 41 for shooting
                                                                                           points):
                                        Limited-entry permits                                   • Before you can apply, you must have
                                                                                                                                                    You may obtain one permit for the               hours.) This hunt will be restricted to youth
                                            Limited-entry turkey permits are available                                                          spring season (limited-entry or general-            who are 17 years old or younger on July 31,
                                                                                                  a valid Utah hunting or combination
                                        through the state’s turkey permit drawing.                                                              season) and one for the fall season.                2018.
                                                                                                  license. If you don’t already have one of
                                            You can enter the permit drawing by                                                                                                                         If you do not harvest a turkey during the
                                                                                                  these licenses, you can buy one online        Limited-entry permits for youth
                                        applying online at wildlife.utah.gov during the                                                                                                             youth hunt, you can continue to hunt during
                                                                                                  when you apply.                                   Fifteen percent of Utah’s turkey limited-
                                        turkey application period, which will be open                                                                                                               the turkey general season, which runs from
                                                                                                • You can apply online at wildlife.utah.gov     entry permits have been set aside for young
                                        from Nov. 29–Dec. 27, 2017.                                                                                                                                 April 30–May 31, 2018.
                                                                                                  until 11 p.m. MST on Dec. 27.                 hunters.
                                            If you are successful in the drawing, your                                                                                                                  Fifteen percent of the fall general-
                                                                                               If you need help with your online applica-           If you’ll be 17 years old or younger
                                        limited-entry permit will authorize you to                                                                                                                  season permits will be set aside for youth.
                                                                                           tion, please call any Division office before         on July 31, 2018, you’ll be automatically
                                        harvest one bearded turkey on a specific                                                                                                                        No matter what turkey permit a youth
                                                                                           5 p.m. MST on Dec. 27, 2017. A Division              entered in the youth permit drawing when
                                        limited-entry area during the 2018 limited-                                                                                                                 obtains, an adult must accompany the
                                                                                           employee will be available to help you.              you apply for your permit.
                                        entry season.                                                                                                                                               young hunter in the field.
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                                                                                                                                                    With a turkey limited-entry permit,
                                            Most mature male turkeys have a beard,         Applying as a group                                  you can hunt only the region listed on your
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Please see page 8 of this guide for
                                        and about 20 percent of mature female turkeys      Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-25                                                                              more information about the requirements
                                                                                               Instead of applying as an individual hunter,     permit from April 14–26, 2018. And, if you          adults must meet to accompany a youth.
                                        have one too. Please see page 27 to learn
                                                                                           you and your friends and family can apply as a       don’t harvest a turkey during the limited-              For information on youth upland game
                                        what a beard looks like and where it’s located
                                                                                           group for limited-entry turkey permits.              entry season, you may participate in the            hunts, please see the information box on
                                        on a turkey.
                                                                                               Up to four hunters—including both resi-          spring general-season youth hunt and the            page 13.
                                            Fifteen percent of Utah’s turkey limited-
                                                                                           dents and nonresidents—can apply together.           spring general season.
                                        entry permits are reserved for young hunters

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Utah Upland Game & Turkey • 2017–2018
                                        wildlife.utah.gov/remaining-permits.html.           permit—or obtain a remaining limited-entry             Depredation hunts                               Utah Code § 23-19-38 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-42
                                            If you purchase a remaining limited-entry       permit—you lose any bonus points you’ve                    When wild turkeys cause material                The Division rarely issues refunds for
                                        permit, you will lose any bonus points you’ve       accumulated. You’ll start earning bonus                damage to private property, the Division        licenses or permits, but there are some excep-
                                        accumulated.                                        points again the next time you apply for a             may hold hunts that are not listed in           tions. To see if you’re eligible for a refund, visit
                                                                                            limited-entry or CWMU turkey permit and are            this guidebook. These hunts are called          wildlife.utah.gov/refund.
                                        Waiting periods                                     unsuccessful in that year’s drawing.                   depredation hunts. They may occur on
                                        Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-25
                                            Waiting periods do not apply to turkey
                                                                                                 Note: You will not lose your bonus points         short notice, involve small areas and are       Important dates for
                                        limited-entry permits.
                                                                                            if you purchase a turkey general-season                often limited to only a few hunters.            turkey hunters
                                                                                            permit.                                                    To apply for the depredation                Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-25
                                                                                                                                                   hunter pool each year, you must visit               Please note the following dates if you want
                                        Bonus points                                        General-season                                         wildlife.utah.gov/depredation between           to obtain a turkey limited-entry permit or a
                                        Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-8
                                             A turkey bonus point system was started        permits                                                July 1 and January 31 to complete and           turkey general-season permit.
                                        in 2000 to increase your chance of drawing a        Utah Admin. Rule R657-54-20                            submit an online application.
                                                                                                Utah will again hold general-season turkey                                                         September 14: Fall 2017 general-
                                        limited-entry turkey permit.
                                                                                            hunts in the fall of 2017. These hunts will be in        Fifteen percent of Utah’s fall general-       season permits available
                                             Here’s a quick look at how your bonus
                                                                                            addition to the spring general-season hunt of       season turkey permits are reserved for young           You may obtain a fall 2017 general-season
                                        points work in the drawing:
                                                                                            2018. Here’s what you need to know about ob-        hunters (those who are 17 years old and            turkey permit beginning at 8 a.m. MDT on
                                              • Fifty percent of the permits for each
                                                                                            taining permits for the general-season hunts.       younger by July 31, 2017). For more informa-       Sept. 14, 2017. Permits are available on a first-
                                                limited-entry hunting unit are reserved
                                                                                                                                                tion on opportunities for youth, see the           come, first-served basis at wildlife.utah.gov
                                                for applicants who have the greatest        Fall 2017 general-season                            information box on page 15.                        and from license agents and Division offices.
                                                number of bonus points.                     hunts                                                    If you obtain a permit for one of the fall        Please remember that license agents have
                                              • You receive a random drawing number              This fall, there will be a limited number of   hunts, you may harvest any turkey, regardless      different hours of operation. You should verify
                                                for your current turkey application and     permits for three general-season turkey hunts       of its sex. You do not need to harvest a bearded   that an agent is open before you attempt to
                                                a random drawing number for every
                                                                                            in the following regions:                           turkey.                                            purchase a turkey general-season permit.
                                                turkey bonus point you have. Your lowest
                                                                                                  • Northern Region—Nov. 1, 2017–Jan.                                                                  You can find a list of participating license
                                                random number is then used in the
                                                                                                    15, 2018                                    Spring 2018 general-                               agents at wildlife.utah.gov/licenseagents.
                                                drawing. (The lower your number, the
                                                better your chance at drawing a permit.)
                                                                                                  • Southern Region—Nov. 1, 2017–Jan.           season hunt
                                                                                                    31, 2018                                                                                       November 29: Apply online
                                                                                                                                                    The spring 2018 general-season hunt will
                                             How bonus points are earned:                                                                                                                               From Nov. 29–Dec. 27, 2017, residents and
                                                                                                  • Southeastern Region—Nov. 1, 2017–           be held statewide from April 30–May 31, 2018.
                                              • You receive a bonus point each time                                                                                                                nonresidents can apply for a turkey limited-
                                                                                                    Jan. 14, 2018                                   Spring general-season permits will be
                                                you’re unsuccessful in drawing a limited-                                                                                                          entry permit, a CWMU permit or a bonus point
                                                                                                 Important: Only specified areas within         available beginning at 8 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2018
                                                entry turkey permit.                                                                                                                               at wildlife.utah.gov. You can also apply by
                                                                                            each of these regions will be open to hunting       at wildlife.utah.gov and from license agents
                                              • If you don’t plan to hunt a turkey during                                                                                                          calling any Division office.
                                                                                            during the fall. A permit allows you to hunt all    and Division offices.
                                                the upcoming limited-entry season, you                                                                                                                  To apply for a resident permit, you must be
                                                                                            of the specified areas within a region. Some of         You may obtain a spring general-season
                                                may apply for a bonus point only. Simply                                                                                                           a resident on the date the permit is purchased.
                                                                                            these hunt areas are comprised of all or largely    turkey permit if you meet the basic hunting
                                                select the appropriate hunt choice code                                                                                                            January 10, 2018 is considered the purchase
                                                                                            private property. To see hunt boundary maps,        requirements (see page 8), and you didn’t
                                                (TKY) on the application and pay the $10                                                                                                           date. Please see the definition of “resident” on
                                                                                            visit wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner in August
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                                                                                                                                                obtain a limited-entry turkey permit for the
                                                application fee.                                                                                                                                   page 55.
                                                                                            2017.                                               spring 2018 season.
                                              • You may apply for either a limited-entry                                                                                                                When applying for a turkey limited-entry
                                                                                                 Permits for the fall 2017 general-season           Young hunters who obtain general-season
                                                turkey permit or a bonus point, but not                                                                                                            permit, you may select up to five hunt choices.
                                                                                            hunts will be sold at wildlife.utah.gov and from    turkey permits will have the opportunity to
                                                both.                                                                                                                                              Please list your hunt choices in order of prefer-
                                                                                            license agents and Division offices. Permits will   participate in the youth hunt. For details, see
                                             You cannot apply for or receive a bonus                                                                                                               ence.
                                                                                            go on sale at 8 a.m. MDT on Sept. 14, 2017 and      the information box on page 15.
                                        point if your hunting privileges are suspended      be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
                                        for turkey or small game.

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                                           Utah’s Trial Hunting                             Dec. 27, 2017.                                       available on a first-come, first-served basis.      of public hunters—those who obtain CWMU
                                           Program                                              In order to withdraw your application,           If you purchase a remaining limited-entry           permits through the state’s drawing—onto
                                           Utah Admin. Rule R657-68                         you must have the confirmation number from           permit, you will lose any bonus points you’ve       their CWMUs to hunt.
                                                Have you ever wanted to bring your          your original application. You must also have        accumulated.                                             You can obtain a CWMU permit in one of
                                           spouse, child or friend along on a hunt          your customer ID and your date of birth. For              Spring general-season permits will be          two ways: you can either apply for one in the
                                           and give them a chance to try hunting?           each new application you submit, you will be         available for purchase through May 31, 2018.        turkey drawing, or you can contact a CWMU
                                           Now, they can join you on your next              charged a $10 application fee.                            You can find a list of participating license   operator directly to inquire about purchasing
                                           turkey or upland game hunt.                          If you need help resubmitting your online        agents at wildlife.utah.gov/licenseagents.          a permit. For a list of CWMU operators, visit
                                                Utah’s Trial Hunting Program allows         application, please call any Division office         Please remember that license agents have            wildlife.utah.gov/CWMU.
                                           anyone over the age of 12 to try hunting         before 5 p.m. MST on Dec. 27, 2017.                  different hours of operation. You should verify          For more information about obtaining a
                                           for a few years—while accompanied by                                                                  that an agent is open before you attempt to         CWMU permit, contact the nearest Division
                                           a licensed hunter over the age of 21—            December 27: Deadline to withdraw                    purchase a remaining permit.                        office.
                                           before taking a Hunter Education course.         your application
                                                The program applies to hunts for                If you decide not to hunt, you can with-         Additional turkey                                   Poaching-reported
                                           many species, including wild turkeys             draw your online permit application until 11         permits                                             reward permits
                                           and all upland game. To sign up for the          p.m. MST on Dec. 27, 2017. Application fees              In addition to limited-entry and general-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Utah Admin. Rule R657-54-19
                                           program or to learn more about it, visit         are not refundable.                                                                                          If you provide information that leads to the
                                                                                                                                                 season permits, other types of turkey permits
                                           wildlife.utah.gov/trial.                                                                                                                                  arrest and successful prosecution of a person
                                                                                            January 10: Drawing results available                are available.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     who has illegally taken a turkey, you may be
                                                                                                 You’ll be notified of the turkey drawing        Conservation permits                                eligible to receive a permit from the Division
                                            Remember, you may apply with a group for
                                                                                            results on or before Jan. 10, 2018. You can          Utah Admin. Rule R657-41                            to hunt turkeys the following year on the
                                        limited-entry permits. Up to four hunters—in-
                                                                                            also learn the drawing results by visiting                You may obtain conservation permits in         same limited-entry area where the violation
                                        cluding both residents and nonresidents—can
                                                                                            wildlife.utah.gov or calling 1-800-221-0659.         addition to any other turkey permit you’ve          occurred.
                                        apply together. If your group is successful
                                                                                                 Note: Drawing results are not final until       obtained.
                                        in the drawing, all of the applicants in your
                                                                                            you receive an official notification email. If you        Turkey conservation permits are available
                                        group who have valid applications will receive                                                                                                                  Commercial hunting
                                                                                            draw a turkey permit, you’ll receive it in the       from nonprofit conservation organizations. The
                                        a permit.                                                                                                                                                       areas
                                                                                            mail by the middle of February.                      organizations usually sell the permits at fund-
                                        December 27: Application deadline                        Please be aware that if the debit card or       raising banquets. A list of organizations selling           In addition to hunting Utah’s wild
                                            Your application for a turkey limited-entry     credit card you used for payment is refused,         conservation permits for Utah’s 2018 turkey            upland game birds, you can also hunt
                                        permit, a CWMU permit or a bonus point              the Division will attempt to contact you             season will be available at wildlife.utah.gov by       pheasant, partridge and quail on com-
                                        must be completed at wildlife.utah.gov and          multiple times to obtain a valid card number.        late November 2017.                                    mercial hunting areas (CHAs).
                                        submitted no later than 11 p.m. MST on Dec.         If you realize that your card number is no                                                                       The CHA season runs from Sept. 1
                                        27, 2017. For assistance with your online ap-       longer valid, please call 1-800-221-0659 or          Cooperative Wildlife                                   to March 31. CHAs typically charge on
                                        plication, you can call any Division office until   visit utah-hunt.com to provide a different card      Management Unit permits                                a per-bird basis. Hunter education or
                                        5 p.m. MST on Dec. 27, 2017. Please remember        number.                                              Utah Admin. Rule R657-37                               trial-hunting authorization is required,
                                        that you must have a hunting license or a                                                                     You can enjoy hunting turkeys on private          but you do not need a hunting license to
                                                                                            February 22: Spring general-season                   property in Utah through the state’s Coopera-          hunt on a CHA.
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                                                                                            permits and remaining limited-entry                  tive Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) pro-                   See wildlife.utah.gov/uplandgame for
                                        bonus point.
                                                                                            permits available                                    gram. Here’s how the CWMU program works:               more information.
                                        December 27: Deadline to withdraw                       Any limited-entry permits remaining                   Private lands can become CWMUs if the
                                        and resubmit your application                       after the drawing—as well as the spring              landowners work with the Division to manage
                                            Did you make a mistake in your online           general-season permits—may be obtained               the land for turkeys. Private landowners who
                                        permit application? Simply withdraw your            beginning at 8 a.m. MST on Feb. 22, 2018 at          own land that qualifies as a CWMU are given
                                        original online application and submit a new,       wildlife.utah.gov and from license agents and        permits they can sell to hunters. In return, the
                                                                                            Division offices.
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                                                                                                                                                               Are you allowed to                              encourage you to wear hunter orange in the
                                        While hunting upland game or turkey in Utah, you should know the requirements for car-
                                                                                                                                                               possess a weapon?                               field. It will make you more visible to other
                                        rying and using firearms, crossbows and archery tackle. You should also know the different                               Utah Code §§ 76-10-503 and 76-10-512            hunters at a time of year when there are many
                                        hunting methods you may use and what you’re required to do with any game you take.                                          It is illegal under Utah Code §§           different hunts in progress.
                                                                                                                                                               76-10-503 and 76-10-512 to possess or
                                        Firearms, crossbows                                                • Crows, doves, pigeons and cranes may
                                                                                                                                                               use a firearm, muzzleloader or any other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For Utah’s turkey hunts, we discourage
                                                                                                             not be taken with a handgun.                                                                      you from wearing hunter orange. Hunters
                                        and archery tackle                                                                                                     dangerous weapon if you have been               sometimes mistake bright colors for the head
                                        50 CFR 20.21, Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-       • Cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare may
                                        6-6, R657-6-7 and R657-54-4                                          be taken with any firearm that is not              charged or convicted of certain offenses.       of a turkey.
                                            Several rules apply to the types of firearms,                     capable of being fired fully automatic.                 The purchase or possession of any
                                        crossbows, archery tackle and ammunition                          In addition to the requirements above, you           hunting license, permit, tag or certificate     Areas with special
                                        that you may use to take upland game and                       may NOT use either of the following:                    of registration from the Division does not      restrictions
                                        wild turkeys in Utah.                                              • A firearm capable of being fired fully              authorize the holder to legally possess or          Although many areas are open to hunters,
                                                                                                             automatic                                         use a firearm, muzzleloader or any other        some areas are closed or have specific restric-
                                        Upland game                                                        • Any light-enhancement device or aiming            dangerous weapon while hunting if they          tions.
                                             You may hunt and harvest upland game                            device that casts a visible beam of light         are otherwise restricted from possessing
                                        with any of the following:                                                                                             these weapons under Utah Code.                  Areas closed to upland
                                              • Archery equipment, including a draw                    Wild turkey                                                  To determine whether you are               game hunting
                                                lock                                                       You may hunt and harvest a turkey with              allowed to possess a weapon, please             Utah Admin. Rule R657-6-21
                                              • A crossbow                                             any of the following:                                   review the Utah Code sections listed                 You may not hunt upland game in any area
                                              • A shotgun no larger than 10 gauge                           • Archery equipment, including a draw              above or contact the law enforcement            posted closed by the Division or in any of the
                                              • A handgun                                                    lock, using broadhead-tipped arrows               agency that oversees your case.                 following areas:
                                             Ammunition for shotguns and handguns                           • A crossbow, using broadhead-tipped                                                                     • Salt Lake International Airport boundar-
                                        must be one-half ounce or more of shot that                          arrows or bolts                                    Pistols and revolvers are also considered              ies as posted.
                                        ranges in size from no. 2 through no. 8.                            • A shotgun no larger than 10 gauge and         to be loaded when an unexpended cartridge,               • Many Utah towns, cities and incorporat-
                                             The only exceptions to these rules are as                       no smaller than 28 gauge, with firing          shell or projectile is in a position whereby the           ed municipalities have laws that restrict
                                        follows:                                                             shot that ranges in size from BB through       manual operation of any mechanism once                     hunting and the discharge of firearms
                                              • Sandhill crane may be taken only with                        no. 8.                                         would cause the unexpended cartridge, shell                within city limits. Contact the city’s
                                                nontoxic shot, but there’s no restriction                                                                   or projectile to be fired.                                 administrative office for specific laws and
                                                on the size of the nontoxic shot you may               Loaded firearms in a                                                                                            boundaries.
                                                                                                                                                                A muzzleloading firearm is considered
                                                use (to learn more about nontoxic shot,                vehicle                                              loaded when it is capped or primed and has a             • All National Wildlife Refuges, unless de-
                                                                                                       Utah Code §§§§ 76-10-502, 76-10-504, 76-10-505 and
                                                please see the definition on page 54 of                                                                      powder charge and ball or shot in the barrel or            clared open by the managing authority.
                                                                                                       76-10-523
                                                this guide).                                                                                                cylinder(s).                                             • The Goshen Warm Springs Wildlife
                                                                                                            You may not carry a loaded firearm in or on
                                              • Migratory game birds (crows, doves,                                                                             The firearm restrictions in this section do            Management Area (WMA) is closed to
                                                                                                       a vehicle unless you meet all of the following
                                                pigeons and cranes) may not be taken                                                                        not apply to concealed firearm permit holders,             all hunting.
                                                                                                       conditions:
                                                with a shotgun capable of holding more                                                                      provided the person is not utilizing the con-            • The Annabella and Pahvant WMAs are
                                                                                                             • You own the vehicle or have permission
                                                than three shells (one in the chamber                                                                       cealed firearm to hunt or take wildlife.                   closed to the general public on Nov.
                                                                                                               from the vehicle’s owner.
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                                                and two in the magazine). Many                               • The firearm is a handgun.
                                                shotguns can hold more than two shells                       • You are 18 years of age or older.            Hunter orange                                              hunts.
                                                in the magazine, but making these guns                                                                      requirements                                             • Military installations, including Camp
                                                                                                            A pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun is
                                                legal for crow, dove, pigeon and crane                                                                          Although there are no regulations that                 Williams, are closed to hunting and
                                                                                                       considered to be loaded when there is an
                                                hunting is easy. An inexpensive item,                                                                       govern what you should wear on an upland                   trespassing.
                                                                                                       unexpended cartridge, shell or projectile in the
                                                called a “shotgun plug,” comes with most                                                                    game or turkey hunt, your choice of clothing             • All national wildlife refuges in Utah are
                                                                                                       firing position.
                                                shotguns, or you can purchase one at                                                                        could affect your safety.                                  closed to crow hunting.
                                                most sporting goods stores.
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                                           Report banded or                                         have been declared open by the manag-                owner or property manager, within 600          Utah’s Walk-in Access
                                           collared birds                                           ing authority.                                       feet of:                                       program
                                               The Division, Brigham Young                        • Military installations, including Camp                  • A house, dwelling or any other                 The Walk-in Access (WIA) program
                                           University and Utah State University are                 Williams, are closed to hunting and                       building                                  provides hunters, anglers and trappers
                                           conducting research on wild turkeys and                  trespassing.                                            • Any structure in which a domestic         access to privately owned land, streams,
                                           many upland game species. As part of                                                                               animal is kept or fed, including a        rivers, ponds or reservoirs.
                                           these ongoing studies, we’ve placed leg           State parks                                                      barn, poultry yard, corral, feeding            If you enjoy using the program and
                                                                                             Utah Admin. Rule R657-6-11 and R651-614-4
                                           bands and radio transmitters on some of                                                                            pen or stockyard                          you are 14 years old or older, please
                                                                                                 Hunting any wildlife is prohibited within
                                           the animals.                                                                                                                                                 remember that you must obtain a WIA
                                                                                             the boundaries of all state park areas, except       Trespassing
                                               You may legally harvest banded                                                                                                                           authorization number in order to access
                                                                                             those designated open to hunting by the              Utah Code §§ 23-20-14 and 23-20-3.5
                                           or collared birds as long as you follow                                                                                                                      any WIA properties.
                                                                                             Division of Parks and Recreation in Utah Admin.           While taking wildlife or engaging in
                                           the standard hunting regulations. If                                                                                                                              The Division uses the numbers
                                                                                             Rule R651-614-4.                                     wildlife-related activities, you may not—
                                           you take a wild turkey or an upland                                                                                                                          to track who’s using WIA properties
                                                                                                 Hunting with rifles and handguns in park          without permission—enter or remain on
                                           game bird with a leg band or a                                                                                                                               throughout the year and to assess the
                                                                                             areas designated open to hunting is prohibited       privately owned land that is:
                                           radio transmitter, please report it at                                                                                                                       program’s value to the public.
                                                                                             within one mile of all park facilities, including          • Cultivated
                                           wildlife.utah.gov/uplandgame/birdband.                                                                                                                            Visit wildlife.utah.gov/walkinaccess to
                                                                                             buildings, camp or picnic sites, overlooks, golf           • Properly posted
                                           We will need to know when and where                                                                                                                          obtain your free WIA authorization num-
                                                                                             courses, boat ramps and developed beaches.                 • Fenced or enclosed in a manner designed
                                           you harvested the bird (GPS coordinates                                                                                                                      ber. You can also call 1-800-221-0659 to
                                                                                                 Hunting with shotguns, crossbows or                      to exclude intruders
                                           preferred) as well as the number on the                                                                                                                      obtain a number.
                                                                                             archery tackle is prohibited within one-quarter           In addition, you may not:
                                           leg band.
                                                                                             mile of the above areas.                                   • Enter or remain on private land when
                                               The Division thanks you in advance
                                                                                                                                                          directed not to do so by the owner or a    displayed at all corners, on fishing streams
                                           for helping with these research projects!         Areas with motorized
                                                                                                                                                          person acting for the owner.               crossing property lines, and on roads, gates
                                                                                             vehicle restrictions                                       • Obstruct any entrance or exit to private   and rights-of-way entering the land. Or, they
                                            Some waterfowl management areas are              Utah Admin. Rule R657-6-14
                                                                                                                                                          property.                                  are displayed in a manner that is visible to a
                                        open, but they have weapon, ammunition and                Motorized vehicle travel on all state wild-
                                                                                                                                                       “Cultivated land” is land that is readily     person in the area.
                                        season restrictions. For detailed information,       life management areas is restricted to county
                                                                                                                                                  identifiable as land whose soil is loosened or          You may not post private property you
                                        see page 31.                                         roads and improved roads that are posted open
                                                                                                                                                  broken up for the raising of crops, land used      do not own or legally control or land that is
                                                                                             to vehicles.                                                                                            open to the public as provided by Utah Code
                                        Areas closed to turkey                                                                                    for the raising of crops, or a pasture that is
                                        hunting                                              Areas where you cannot                               artificially irrigated.                            § 23-21-4. In addition, it is unlawful to take
                                        Utah Admin. Rule R657-54-14                          discharge a firearm                                       “Permission” means written authorization      protected wildlife or its parts while trespassing
                                             You may not hunt wild turkeys in any area       Utah Code § 76-10-508                                from the owner or person in charge to enter        in violation of Utah Code § 23-20-14.
                                        posted closed by the Division or in any of the            You may not discharge a dangerous               upon private land that is cultivated or properly        You are guilty of a class B misdemeanor
                                        following areas:                                     weapon, crossbow or firearm under any of the          posted. Permission must include all of the         if you violate any provision described in this
                                              • Salt Lake International Airport boundar-     following circumstances:                             following details:                                 section. Your license, tag or permit privileges
                                                ies as posted.                                     • From a vehicle                                     • The signature of the owner or person in    may also be suspended.
                                              • Many Utah towns, cities and incorporat-
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                                                                                                   • From, upon or across any highway                     charge
                                                ed municipalities have laws that restrict          • At power lines or signs                            • The name of the person being given
                                                hunting and the discharge of firearms              • At railroad equipment or facilities,                 permission
                                                within city limits. Contact the city’s               including any sign or signal                       • The appropriate dates
                                                administrative office for specific laws and         • Within Utah state park camp or picnic              • A general description of the land
                                                boundaries.                                          sites, overlooks, golf courses, boat ramps        “Properly posted” means that signs
                                              • All state waterfowl management areas,                or developed beaches                         prohibiting trespass—or bright yellow, bright
                                                except Brown’s Park and Stewart Lake.                                                             orange or fluorescent paint—are clearly
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