2018 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook - Utah Division of Wildlife

2018 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook - Utah Division of Wildlife
2018 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook - Utah Division of Wildlife
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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018                          CONTENTS                                WHAT’S NEW?                                         KNOW THE LAWS




                                                                                                                                                                                                                Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018
                                                                                                                                                                    This guidebook—along with the 2018
                                 Turn in a poacher                  6    2018 season dates                  Apply for hunts: You can apply for Utah’s           Utah Big Game Field Regulations guidebook
                                 Phone: 1-800-662-3337              6    Depredation hunts                  2018 big game hunts from Jan. 25 to March 1,        (available in June 2018)—summarizes the
                                 Email: turninapoacher@utah.gov     7    2019 sportsman permits             2018. The results of the big game drawing will
                                                                                                                                                                rules and laws that regulate big game hunting
                                 Online: wildlife.utah.gov/utip     8    Keep your license on your          be available on or before May 31, 2018. For
                                                                                                                                                                in Utah. Although these books are convenient
                                                                         phone or tablet                    additional details, see page 21.
                                 Division offices                                                                                                               quick-reference documents for Utah big game
                                                                    9    Gathering shed antlers or horns    New early, any weapon buck deer                     regulations, they are not all-encompassing
                                 Offices are open 8 a.m.–5 p.m.,
                                 Monday through Friday.             10   License, permit and program fees   hunts: In 2018, there will be new early             resources.
                                                                    12   Basic requirements                 general-season any weapon buck deer hunts               For an in-depth look at the state’s
                                 Salt Lake City                     13   Carry your permit                  on seven units. For details, see page 18.           big game hunting laws and rules, visit
                                    1594 W North Temple             14   Prepare to apply                                                                       wildlife.utah.gov/rules.
                                    Box 146301                      15   Review the hunt tables             Changes to the Hunter Mentoring pro-                    You can use the references in this guide-
                                    Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301   15   See maps and boundaries online     gram: The Utah Wildlife Board approved sub-         book—such as Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-24
                                    801-538-4700                                                            stantial changes to the Hunter Mentoring pro-       and Utah Code § 23-20-25—to search the
                                                                    15   Obtain permission to hunt
                                                                                                            gram for 2018. To learn more, see the article on    Division’s website for the detailed statute or
                                 Central Region                          private property                   page 28 or visit wildlife.utah.gov/mentoring.
                                                                    15   Understand the drawing order                                                           rule that underpins the guidebook summary.
                                    1115 N Main Street
                                    Springville, UT 84663           16   Why bonus points matter            Multi-season general bull elk hunts:                    If you have questions about a particular
                                    801-491-5678                    17   Why preference points matter       Starting this year, you will have the opportu-      rule, call or visit the nearest Division office.
                                                                    17   Hunts with special circumstances   nity to purchase a multi-season general bull
                                 Northeastern Region                                                        elk permit (either spike or any bull) that allows
                                                                                                                                                                Who makes the rules?
                                                                    18   Multi-season hunts for                                                                     The Utah Wildlife Board passes the rules
                                    318 N Vernal Avenue                                                     you to hunt all three seasons. Permits will be
                                    Vernal, UT 84078                     deer and elk                                                                           and laws summarized in this guidebook.
                                                                                                            available July 17, 2018. For details, see the
                                    435-781-9453                    19   Obtain up to three elk permits                                                             There are seven board members, and
                                                                                                            2018 Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook in
                                                                    20   Mandatory reporting                June 2018.                                          each serves a six-year term. Appointed by the
                                 Northern Region                    21   Apply for big game permits                                                             governor, board members are not Division
                                    515 E 5300 S                    21   Antlerless big game hunting        Late-season, limited-entry muzzle-                  employees.
                                    Ogden, UT 84405                 23   How many permits will be           loader deer hunts: There are 16 general-                The Division’s director serves as the board’s
                                    801-476-2740                         available in 2018?                 season units where late-season limited-entry        executive secretary but does not have a vote
                                                                    24   After you apply                    muzzleloader buck deer hunts will occur this        on wildlife policies.
                                 Southeastern Region                                                        year. Some units have been added, and others
                                                                    26   Lifetime license holders:                                                                  Before board members make changes to
                                    319 N Carbonville Road, Ste A                                           have been removed. You can see the complete
                                    Price, UT 84501                      Obtaining your permit in 2018                                                          wildlife rules, they listen to recommendations
                                                                                                            list of units in the hunt table on page 46.         from Division biologists. They also receive
                                    435-613-3700                    27   Dedicated Hunter Program
                                                                    28   Changes to the Utah Hunter                                                             input from the public and various interest
                                                                                                            New cactus buck hunt: Starting this year,
                                 Southern Region                                                                                                                groups via the regional advisory council (RAC)
                                                                         Mentoring Program                  you will be able to apply for a permit to hunt a
                                    1470 N Airport Road                                                     cactus buck on the Paunsaugunt unit. A cactus       process.
                                    Cedar City, UT 84721            30   Opportunities for young hunters
                                                                                                            buck is one that still has velvet covering at            If you have feedback or suggestions for
                                                                    31   Utah’s Trial Hunting Program
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                                    435-865-6100                                                                                                                board members, you can find their contact
                                                                    32   Hunt maps                          least 50 percent of its antlers during the season
                                                                                                            dates set by the Wildlife Board. You can find       information online at wildlife.utah.gov.
                                 Washington County Field Office     38   Hunt tables
                                   451 N SR-318                                                             those dates in the hunt table on page 44.
                                                                    60   CWMU hunts                                                                             Wildlife Board members
                                   Hurricane, UT 84737              71   Definitions                                                                            Kevin Albrecht       Kirk Woodward, Chair
                                   435-879-8694                                                                                                                 Calvin Crandall      Byron Bateman, Vice Chair
                                                                                                                                                                Steve Dalton         Mike Fowlks,
                                                                                                                                                                Karl Hirst                Division Director &
                                                                                                                                                                Donnie Hunter             Executive Secretary
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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018   New hunts: Starting in 2018, there will be         Important reminders




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018
                                             new hunts for deer, elk, mountain goats and                                                               Don’t lose your hunting and fishing privileges
                                             bighorn sheep. To see which hunts have been        Field regulations available in June: The               If you commit a wildlife violation, you could lose the privilege of hunting and fishing in Utah.
                                             added, look for “new hunt” next to a hunt in       2018 Utah Big Game Field Regulations Guide-            The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can suspend the license of
                                             the tables that start on page 38.                  book will be available from license agents and         anyone who knowingly, intentionally or recklessly violates wildlife
                                                                                                Division offices in June 2018. It will include the     laws. Your license can be suspended for a wildlife violation if:
                                             Find updated maps and boundaries:                  rules for both big game and antlerless hunting.             • You are convicted.
                                             Use the Utah Hunt Planner to find unit maps,                                                                   • You plead guilty or no contest.
                                             boundaries and information on the hunts you        Download the app: To store your
                                                                                                                                                            • You enter a plea in abeyance or
                                             want to apply for. The information in the Hunt     licenses on a phone or tablet, download                       diversion agreement.
                                             Planner will be updated in June for the 2018       the free Utah Hunting and Fishing app at
                                             big game season, but you can use its historical    wildlife.utah.gov/mobileapp.                           Suspension proceedings are separate and indepen-
                                             data to research hunting units before you ap-                                                             dent from criminal prosecution. The Utah Division of
                                                                                                Multi-season deer hunting for youth: In                Wildlife Resources may suspend your license privileges
                                             ply. To learn more, see page 15.
                                                                                                order to hunt all general deer seasons (archery,       whether or not the court considers suspension in your
                                             Unit boundary and name changes: Some               muzzleloader and any legal weapon), a youth            criminal case. You will be notified of any action against
                                                                                                                                                       your privilege after criminal proceedings conclude. And
                                             hunt unit boundaries and names have changed        must obtain a general-season any legal
                                                                                                                                                       remember, if your license is suspended in Utah, you
                                             this year, including boundaries for bison,         weapon permit. For details, see the article on         may not be permitted to hunt or fish in most other
                                             pronghorn, bighorn sheep and mountain goat         page 30.                                               states. (Visit wildlife.utah.gov/know-the-consequences.html to see a map of participating states.)
                                             units. To see which units have changed, look
                                             for “boundary change” next to a hunt in the        Hunting license required: Before you can
                                             tables that start on page 38. To find maps         apply for a 2018 big game permit, bonus point        Protection from discrimination: The                         Private lands: The Division cannot guarantee
                                             and descriptions of the areas you want to hunt,    or preference point, you must have a valid Utah      Division receives federal financial assistance              access to any private land. Under certain cir-
                                             visit wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner.               hunting or combination license. Please see           from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under              cumstances, you must obtain written permis-
                                                                                                page 13 for more information.                        Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section           sion from the landowner or the landowner’s
                                             Season date changes: Season dates change                                                                504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II             authorized representative before hunting or
                                             every year, so please check them carefully         Mandatory reporting: Many big game                   of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,             trapping on private lands. For more informa-
                                             before applying for hunts. You can find season     hunters must report hunt information within          the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of             tion, please see Utah Code §§ 23-20-14 and
                                             dates in the hunt tables that begin on page        30 calendar days after the end of the hunting        the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S.                  23-20-3.5.
                                             38.                                                season (even if they did not harvest an ani-         Department of the Interior and its bureaus
                                                                                                mal). To see if you are required to report—and       prohibit discrimination on the basis of race,               Division funding: The Division is mostly
                                             Research antlerless hunts online: In late          to learn how to report—see page 20 or visit          color, national origin, age, disability or sex. If          funded by the sale of hunting and fishing
                                             May 2018, visit wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks       wildlife.utah.gov/harvestreporting.                  you believe that you have been discriminated                licenses and through federal aid made possible
                                             to find all of the information you’ll need                                                              against in any program, activity or facility, or            by an excise tax on the sale of firearms and
                                             to research Utah’s antlerless hunts. This          Collecting shed antlers: If you want to              if you desire further information, please visit             other hunting- and fishing-related equipment.
                                             information includes application dates,            collect shed antlers and horns from Feb. 1 to        www.doi.gov/pmb/eeo/public-civil-rights.
                                             rules, hunt tables, boundaries and maps. The       April 15, you must complete an online course.
                                             antlerless application period runs from May        You will receive a course-completion certificate
                                             31–June 21, 2018.                                  that you must carry on your person while
                                                                                                collecting the antlers and horns. For more
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                                             Permits for lifetime license holders: If           information, see page 9.
                                             you’re a lifetime license holder, see the box on
                                             page 26 for more information about obtain-         Guidebook correction: If errors are found in
                                             ing your general-season deer permit.               this guidebook after it is printed, the Division
                                                                                                will correct them in the online copy. Visit
                                                                                                wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks to view digital
                                                                                                versions of all the Division’s guidebooks.

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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018   2018 SEASON DATES                                                                                  Sportsman




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                                                                                                                                                                                                         2019 sportsman
                                             General-season dates                             Extended archery                                  and statewide                                            permits
                                                                                              season dates                                      conservation permit                                      Utah Admin. Rules R657-41 and R657-62-24
                                             Hunt                         Dates               Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-23                        season dates                                                 Next year, you could be the envy of
                                             General archery deer         Aug. 18–Sept. 14         You do not need to apply for an additional        Long season dates—and the ability to                every hunter you know. If you draw a
                                                                                              permit to hunt during the extended archery        hunt almost every hunting unit in Utah—                  2019 Utah sportsman permit, you’ll have
                                             General muzzleloader         Sept. 26–Oct. 4
                                             deer                                             seasons. As long as you obtain an archery deer    make sportsman permits the most prized                   one of the most exciting hunting permits
                                                                                              or elk permit in 2018—and you complete the        permits offered to Utah’s public hunters.                the state offers. Hunters want these
                                             Early general any legal      Oct. 10–14                                                                 Only Utah residents can apply for sports-           permits because:
                                             weapon (rifle) deer                              required extended archery ethics course—you
                                                                                              may also hunt any of Utah’s extended archery      man permits. See the adjacent information box                 • They typically have an extended
                                             General any legal            Oct. 20–28                                                            to learn more.                                                  hunting season.
                                             weapon (rifle) deer                              areas during the seasons listed below.
                                                                                                   Limited-entry deer and elk archery hunters                                                                 • They allow you to hunt in nearly
                                             General archery any          Aug. 18–Sept. 14    who don’t harvest during the limited-entry         Hunt                            Dates                          any unit across the state. (See the
                                             bull elk                                         season will also be allowed to hunt extended       Deer, elk and prong-            Aug. 18–31, 2018               footnotes at the bottom of this
                                             General archery spike        Aug. 18–Sept. 7     archery areas.                                     horn on any open unit                                          page for additional information.)
                                             elk                                                   New this year: If you obtain a multi-         with archery equip-                                          • Only Utah residents can apply for
                                                                                                                                                 ment*‡
                                             General any legal            Oct. 6–18           season permit for general-season bull elk, you                                                                    them.
                                             weapon (rifle) spike                             may also hunt during the extended-archery          Deer and elk on any             Sept. 1, 2018–              One sportsman permit is usually
                                             and any bull elk                                 elk season.                                        open unit with any              Jan. 15, 2019           offered each year for each of the follow-
                                                                                                                                                 legal weapon*‡
                                             General muzzleloader         Oct. 31–Nov. 8           The online archery ethics course is                                                                   ing species: buck deer, buck pronghorn,
                                             elk                                              an annual requirement for all archers              Pronghorn and moose             Sept. 1–Nov. 15,        bull elk, bull moose, desert bighorn
                                                                                                                                                 on any open unit with           2018
                                             Youth general (rifle)        Sept. 15–23         who want to hunt the extended areas                any legal weapon                                        ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram,
                                             any bull elk                                     and seasons. To take the course, visit                                                                     hunter’s choice bison and hunter’s choice
                                                                                              wildlife.utah.gov/extendedarchery before the       Bighorn sheep, moun-            Sept. 1–Dec. 31,        mountain goat. Sportsman permits are
                                                                                                                                                 tain goat and bison on          2018
                                                                                              extended seasons begin. After you successfully     any open unit with any                                  also offered for black bear, cougar and
                                                                                              complete the course, print your completion         legal weapon*‡                                          wild turkey.
                                                 Depredation hunts                            certificate and keep it with you while hunting.                                                                You can apply for a sportsman
                                                     When big game animals cause dam-                                                            Turkey on any open unit         March 31–May
                                                                                                   To see maps and boundaries for                                                31, 2018                permit from Oct. 24 to Nov. 14, 2018. For
                                                 age to agricultural crops, the Division      all of the extended archery areas, visit                                                                   more information about these permits,
                                                 may hold hunts that are not listed in this   wildlife.utah.gov/maps.                            Black bear on any open          During the season       and the few restrictions that apply,
                                                 guide. These hunts are called depreda-                                                          unit                            dates listed in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 2018 Utah Black         please visit wildlife.utah.gov in late
                                                 tion hunts. They may occur on short           Hunt                     Dates                                                                            October 2018.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bear Guidebook
                                                 notice, involve small areas and are often                                                                                       for that unit
                                                 limited to only a few hunters.                Extended archery         Sept. 15–Nov. 30
                                                                                               deer (either sex) in                              Cougar on any open              During the season
                                                     To apply for the depredation hunter       the Cache Laketown,                               unit or any harvest-            dates listed in the
                                                 pool, visit wildlife.utah.gov/depredation.    Ogden, Uintah Basin,                              objective unit that             2017–18 Utah
                                                                                               Wasatch Front and West                            has been closed after           Cougar Guidebook
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                                                                                               Cache extended archery                            meeting its objective           for that unit
                                                                                               areas
                                                                                                                                                * You may not take an elk or Rocky Mountain bighorn
                                                                                               Extended archery elk     Aug. 18–Dec. 15         sheep on the Pilot Mtn hunting unit.
                                                                                               (either sex) in the Uin-
                                                                                               tah Basin and Wasatch                            ‡ Antelope Island is not an open unit. There are only
                                                                                               Front extended archery                           a couple of permits that authorize hunting on the
                                                                                               areas                                            island. Those permits are listed in the hunt tables on
                                                                                                                                                page 43, page 56 and page 58.

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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018   CWMU season dates                                      Keep in mind that whether you draw or        Gathering shed




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                                                  The Wildlife Board has established the        purchase a permit, you may not obtain more       antlers or horns                                       Possible habitat work
                                             following timeframes for hunting bucks and         than one of each of the following permits dur-   Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-21                             in your hunt area
                                             bulls on Cooperative Wildlife Management           ing the 2018 big game season:                        You may gather shed antlers or horns—or                Throughout the year, the Division
                                             Units (CWMUs). Hunters should expect to hunt            • Buck deer permit                          parts of shed antlers or horns—statewide, but          works with other government agencies
                                             at least five days within these timeframes,             • Bull elk permit                           there is one seasonal requirement.                     — including the U.S. Forest Service
                                             although the CWMU operator may allow you to             • Pronghorn permit (either buck or doe)         From Feb. 1 to April 15, 2018, you must            and the Bureau of Land Management
                                             hunt additional days.                                  For example, if you draw a general-season    have an antler-gathering certificate on your           — to complete thousands of acres of
                                                  Before you apply for a CWMU permit,           buck deer permit—and then decide you             person while collecting shed antlers or horns.         habitat-improvement work on Utah’s
                                             please visit wildlife.utah.gov/cwmu. You’ll        want to hunt on a CWMU instead—you must          You can obtain this free certificate by visiting       public lands.
                                             find detailed information about season dates,      surrender your general-season permit before      wildlife.utah.gov and completing an online                 Those projects range from plant
                                             CWMU rules, hunt success and how to contact        the opening day of the season listed on your     course. You do not need an antler-gathering            removal to prescribed burns and from
                                             the operator. If you draw a permit, you must       permit and before redeeming the CWMU             certificate at any other time of the year.             helicopter reseeding to large-scale
                                             contact the CWMU operator to confirm your          voucher for a permit.                                Please remember that if the winter weath-          planting projects. They help restore
                                             season dates.                                          Important: Nonresidents may not apply        er becomes severe, the Division may choose to          habitat for mule deer, elk, sage-grouse
                                                                                                for CWMU permits in the drawing. They can,       close antler gathering in hard-hit areas.              and other species, giving them the food
                                                                                                however, obtain a permit voucher directly from       Important: The antler-gathering                    and cover they need to thrive on the
                                                 Keep your license on                           the CWMU landowner or operator.                                                                         landscape.
                                                                                                                                                 certificate does not authorize you to trepass
                                                 your phone or tablet                               For more information on the CWMU                                                                        Please be aware that projects occur
                                                                                                                                                 on closed areas or private lands to collect shed
                                                      We’ve made it easier for you to keep      program, see wildlife.utah.gov/cwmu.                                                                    across the state, year round. This means
                                                                                                                                                 antlers or horns.
                                                 track of your hunting or combination                                                                                                                   that sometimes a project may occur in
                                                 license and know when it’s about to             Hunt                        Dates
                                                                                                                                                 Season dates                                           a portion of your hunt area, during the
                                                 expire.                                         Archery hunts for buck Aug. 18–Oct. 31,                                                                hunt.
                                                      With our convenient mobile app,            deer, buck pronghorn        2018                 Online course completion Feb. 1–April 15
                                                                                                 and bull elk                                                                                               If this is something you’re concerned
                                                 you can now download your license to a                                                           certificate required*
                                                                                                                                                                                                        about, you may want to contact the
                                                 smartphone or tablet.                           Any legal weapon            Sept. 1–Oct. 31,    * You must complete this course every year.            appropriate land-management agency
                                                      If a conservation officer asks to see      (rifle) hunts for buck      2018
                                                                                                 deer, buck pronghorn,                           What if I find antlers or                              before you apply for a particular hunt
                                                 your license, you can produce the digital                                                                                                              area. They may be able to give you a
                                                                                                 bull elk and bull moose                         horns attached to a skull?
                                                 copy, which is just as valid as a paper                                                                                                                tentative list of projects for the coming
                                                 license.                                        Muzzleloader hunts for Sept. 1–Oct. 31,               If you find a skull with the antlers or horns
                                                                                                 buck deer                   2018                still attached, it’s possible the animal was           year.
                                                      If you use the app, you will be able to                                                                                                               You can also see a list of past, current
                                                 easily see when your license expires.           Muzzleloader hunts for Sept. 1–Nov. 10,         poached.
                                                                                                                                                       Do NOT pick up or move the skull, or             and proposed restoration projects at
                                                      The app is available for both Apple        bull elk                    2018
                                                                                                                                                 disturb footprints or other evidence.                  watershed.utah.gov.
                                                 and Android devices. You can download               Some deer and elk CWMUs have hunting
                                                 it at wildlife.utah.gov/mobileapp.             seasons outside of these timeframes. For all           Instead, please take the following steps:
                                                      Please remember that licenses are         CWMU hunt season dates, operator names and              • Take photos from a couple of angles
                                                 different from permits. If your hunt           contact numbers, visit wildlife.utah.gov/cwmu.          • Pinpoint the location of the skull (prefer-
                                                                                                                                                          ably its GPS coordinates)
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                                                 requires a permit, you must carry it with
                                                 you while hunting.                                                                                     • Report your find to a Division office
                                                                                                                                                        • Provide key details in your report
                                                                                                                                                       The Division will send a conservation offi-
                                                                                                                                                 cer to investigate if the animal was poached. If
                                                                                                                                                 it’s clear that the animal died of natural causes,
                                                                                                                                                 we may allow you to keep your find.


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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018   LICENSE, PERMIT AND PROGRAM FEES                                                                                Deer permit fees                     Bison permit fees




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                                                                                                                                                             (continued)                          Permit         Resident      Nonres.
                                             License fees
                                                                                                                                                             Permit          Resident   Nonres.   Bison (not        $413        $1,518
                                             Resident license fees                                   Nonresident license fees                                                                     on Antelope
                                                                                                     (continued)                                             Multi-season      $305      $1,025   Island)
                                              License                          Fee                                                                           premium
                                                                                                                                                             limited entry                        Bison on Ante-   $1,110       $2,615
                                              365-day hunting license          $11                    License                          Fee                                                        lope Island
                                              (age 13 and under)                                                                                             Management        $80        $468
                                                                                                      365-day combination*             $29                   buck deer
                                              365-day hunting license          $16                    license (age 17 and                                                                         Bighorn sheep permit fees
                                              (ages 14–17)                                            younger)                                               Elk permit fees                      Permit         Resident      Nonres.
                                              365-day hunting license          $34                    365-day combination*             $85                                                        Desert bighorn   $513         $1,518
                                              (ages 18–64)                                            license (age 18 and                                    Permit         Resident    Nonres.
                                                                                                      older)                                                 General any       $50        $393    Rocky Moun-      $513         $1,518
                                              365-day hunting license          $25                                                                                                                tain bighorn
                                              (age 65 and older)                                      Multi-year combination*          $84 per year, up      bull or spike
                                                                                                      license (age 18 and              to five years         bull
                                              Multi-year hunting               $33 per year, up       older)                                                 Multi-season     $150        $700    Mountain goat permit
                                              license (age 18 and              to five years                                                                                                      fees
                                              older)                                                                                                         general any
                                                                                                     * A combination license allows you to hunt or fish in   bull or spike
                                              365-day combination*             $20                   Utah and also allows you to fish with a second pole.    bull                                 Permit        Resident       Nonres.
                                              license (ages 14–17)                                                                                                                                Mountain goat   $413          $1,518
                                              365-day combination*             $38
                                                                                                     Permit fees                                             Youth any bull    $50        $393
                                              license (ages 18–64)                                       Please keep in mind that if you participate         CWMU             $285        $800    Dedicated Hunter
                                                                                                     in the hunt drawing, you will also be charged
                                              365-day combination*             $29                                                                           Limited entry    $285        $800    Program fees
                                                                                                     a $10 nonrefundable application fee for each
                                              license (age 65 and                                                                                            Multi-season     $513       $1,505
                                              older)                                                 species or bonus point you apply for. You will                                               Adult
                                                                                                                                                             limited entry
                                                                                                     not be charged a permit fee unless you draw
                                              Multi-year combination*          $37 per year, up      a permit.                                                                                    Residents                      $195
                                              license (age 18 and              to five years                                                                 Pronghorn permit fees
                                              older)                                                                                                                                              Nonresidents                  $1,047
                                                                                                     Deer permit fees                                        Permit          Resident   Nonres.   Lifetime license holders       $75
                                             * A combination license allows you to hunt or fish in
                                             Utah and also allows you to fish with a second pole.
                                                                                                      Permit               Resident          Nonres.         CWMU               $55       $293
                                                                                                      General deer            $40              $268          Limited entry      $55       $293    Youth (12 to 17 years old)
                                             Nonresident license fees                                 CWMU                    $40              $268                                               Residents                      $120
                                                                                                                                                             Moose permit fees                    Nonresidents                   $814
                                              License                          Fee                    CWMU                    $80              $468
                                                                                                      management                                             Permit          Resident   Nonres.
                                              365-day hunting license          $25                    buck deer
                                              (age 17 and younger)                                                                                           Bull moose        $413      $1,518
                                                                                                      Premium                  $168             $568
                                              365-day hunting license          $65                                                                           CWMU bull         $413      $1,518
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                                                                                                      CWMU
                                              (age 18 and older)                                                                                             moose
                                                                                                      Limited entry             $80             $468
                                              Multi-year hunting               $64 per year, up
                                              license (up to five years)       to five years          Multi-season             $145             $845
                                              for age 18 and older                                    limited entry
                                                                                                      Premium                  $168             $568
                                                                                                      limited entry


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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018   BASIC REQUIREMENTS                                                                                          You should also keep the following in          Do you have a permit?




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018
                                                                                                                                                      mind:                                             Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-18
                                             Are you planning to hunt big game in Utah this year? Before you apply for a permit, make
                                                                                                                                                          • Hunters under the age of 16 must be              To participate in any of Utah’s big game
                                             sure you meet Utah’s age, hunter education, license and permit requirements.                                   accompanied by an adult while hunting.      hunts, you need to obtain a hunting permit.
                                             Are you old enough?                                 Have you passed                                          • Regardless of when a student graduates,     See page 14 to learn about the types of
                                             Utah Code § 23-19-22                                hunter education?                                          all hunting regulations (such as season     permits available in 2018.
                                                 To hunt big game in Utah, you must be at        Utah Code § 23-19-11 & Utah Admin. Rule R657-23            dates and bag limits) will apply.                Utah issues most of its big game permits
                                             least 12 years old.                                      If you were born after Dec. 31, 1965, you           • Hunters who are planning to hunt out        through the big game hunt drawing. To
                                                 If you are least 11 years old, you can apply    must provide proof that you’ve passed a hunter             of state should allow enough time for       apply for this drawing, visit wildlife.utah.gov
                                             for or obtain any big game permits for which        education course approved by the Division                  their hunter education card to arrive in    between Jan. 25 and March 1, 2018. For ad-
                                             you are eligible, including limited-entry and       before you can apply for or obtain a hunting               the mail.                                   ditional details and important dates, see Apply
                                             once-in-a-lifetime permits. Any 11-year-olds        license or a big game permit.                                                                          for big game permits on page 21.
                                             who apply must be 12 by Dec. 31, 2018.                   The only exception to this law is for indi-
                                                                                                                                                      New to Utah?
                                                 Remember, you cannot hunt until                 viduals who are participating in the Division’s
                                                                                                                                                          If you become a Utah resident, and you’ve     Carry your permit
                                             you are 12 years old.                                                                                    completed a hunter education course in                If you are successful in obtaining a big
                                                                                                 Trial Hunting Program. You can find details
                                                 If you’re younger than 18, you can                                                                   another state, province or country, you must      game permit, you must have it on your person
                                                                                                 about the program on page 31 or by visiting
                                             apply to participate in the Utah Hunter                                                                  obtain a Utah blue card before you can buy a      while hunting. You cannot alter your license or
                                                                                                 wildlife.utah.gov/trial.
                                             Mentoring Program. For details on the                                                                    resident hunting license. You can obtain a Utah   permit, nor can you sell, transfer or loan either
                                             program, see the article on page 28 or visit        Proof of hunter education                            blue card at any Division office by providing     of them to another person.
                                             wildlife.utah.gov/mentoring.                             You can prove that you’ve completed             proof that you’ve completed a hunter educa-
                                                 If you’re 12 years old or older, you can also   hunter education by obtaining a hunter educa-        tion course approved by the Division.
                                             participate in the Trial Hunting Program. For       tion card (called a “blue card” in Utah) or if you                                                         Exercise courtesy and
                                             details, see the box on page 31.                    have a verified hunter education number on           Do you have a license?                                patience
                                                                                                                                                      Utah Code §§§ 23-19-1, 23-19-22 and 23-20-3
                                                                                                 file with the Division. The number is assigned                                                                 As much as you’d like to have Utah’s
                                             Adults must accompany young                                                                                  You must have a current Utah hunting or
                                                                                                 when you complete hunter education and your                                                                backcountry to yourself, you share it
                                             hunters                                                                                                  combination (hunting and fishing) license
                                                                                                 blue card is issued.                                                                                       with campers, hikers, photographers
                                             Utah Code § 23-20-20                                                                                     before you can apply for any big game permits,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and other hunters. Some of those
                                                 While hunting big game, a person under          How to take hunter                                   bonus points or preference points. Licenses are
                                                                                                                                                                                                            hunters are after big game—just like
                                             16 years old must be accompanied by his or          education                                            available at wildlife.utah.gov and from license
                                                                                                                                                                                                            you—while others are pursuing black
                                             her parent, legal guardian or other responsible         To get started, you should visit                 agents and Division offices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            bear, forest grouse and other species.
                                             person who is 21 years of age or older and who      wildlife.utah.gov/huntereducation. You’ll see            Be sure to take a look at the date on your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Everyone shares the landscape, and
                                             has been approved by the parent or guardian.        links to a complete list of traditional or online    license before you apply for any permits or
                                                                                                                                                                                                            we encourage you to be understanding
                                                 The Division encourages adults to be            hunter education courses. Follow the instruc-        points. As long as your license is valid on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and patient when encountering others
                                             familiar with hunter education guidelines or to     tions on the website to sign up for a course.        date you submit your application, you don’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                            on public land.
                                             complete the hunter education course before             If you need assistance, please contact your      have to purchase a new license for the actual
                                             accompanying youth into the field.                  local Division office or call 801-538-4727.          hunt.
                                                 While in the field, the youth and the adult         When you complete the course, your in-               For example, assume that your license
                                             must remain close enough for the adult to see       structor will sign your course certificate, which    expires on June 21, 2018. If you apply before
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wildlife.utah.gov
                                             and provide verbal assistance to the young          will then become your hunting license. With a        that date, you do not have to purchase a new
                                             hunter. Using electronic devices, such as           valid hunting license, you can also apply for or     license for your hunt in the fall. All hunting
                                             walkie-talkies or cell phones, does not meet        obtain permits in the Division’s hunt drawings.      and combination licenses are valid for 365 days
                                             this requirement.                                       Approximately four to six weeks after you        from the date of purchase.
                                                                                                 complete the course, you will receive your blue
                                                                                                 card by mail.


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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018   PREPARE TO APPLY                                                                                    guidebook and links to online tools that can       or the landowner’s authorized representative




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018
                                             Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-18                                                                         help you research your options.                    before hunting or trapping on private lands.
                                             To participate in Utah’s big game hunts, you need to obtain hunting permits. The Division                                                              Ideally, you should have permission before you
                                                                                                                                                 Review the hunt tables                             apply for a permit.
                                             distributes most of those permits through the big game hunt drawing. You can apply for                   All of the big game hunts you can apply           You can download a landowner permission
                                             the drawing from Jan. 25–March 1, 2018. It will be easier to apply if you are thoroughly            for are listed in the tables that begin on page    card at https://wildlife.utah.gov/law/pdf/land-
                                             prepared before you begin the application process.                                                  38. You will need to use the hunt numbers          owner_permission_card.pdf.
                                                                                                                                                 associated with the hunts in order to apply for
                                             Residency and hunt                                     • Bull elk—multi-season limited-entry
                                                                                                                                                 permits. Please keep in mind that hunt names       Understand the drawing
                                                                                                      and limited-entry hunts
                                             options                                                                                             and boundaries may change from year to year.       order
                                             Utah Code 23-13-2(37) and 23-13-2(13)                  • Buck pronghorn—limited-entry hunts
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-18
                                                   Before you apply for any big game hunts,         • All once-in-a-lifetime species for which   See maps and boundaries                                 A better understanding of the drawing
                                             it’s important to know whether you are a                 you are eligible
                                                                                                                                                 online                                             order may affect which permits you decide to
                                             legal resident of the state of Utah. Although         You may draw only one of the above
                                                                                                                                                     You’ll find detailed maps and bound-           apply for. Big game permits are drawn in the
                                             residents and nonresidents can apply for many     permits each year.
                                                                                                                                                 ary descriptions for all big game hunts at         following order:
                                             of the same types of permits, there are some          Note: If you obtain a nonresident big
                                                                                                                                                 wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner.                           • First—Buck deer (multi-season premium
                                             differences. See the definition of residency on   game permit (not an antlerless permit), it also
                                                                                                                                                                                                            limited-entry, premium limited-entry,
                                             page 71 to determine whether you are a            serves as a nonresident fishing license.          Research hunts on the                                      multi-season limited-entry, limited-entry,
                                             resident or a nonresident.
                                                                                               Both residents and                                Utah Hunt Planner                                          CWMU, cactus and management buck
                                                                                                                                                     There’s a useful online tool that can                  deer)
                                             Residents                                         nonresidents                                      help you plan a successful, enjoyable
                                                 If you’re a Utah resident, you can apply to        There are additional hunting opportunities                                                            • Second—Bull elk (multi-season limited-
                                                                                                                                                 hunt. The Utah Hunt Planner is located at                  entry, limited-entry and CWMU)
                                             hunt one of the following:                        available to both residents and nonresidents.
                                                                                                                                                 wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner.                           • Third—Buck pronghorn (limited-entry
                                                  • Buck deer—multi-season premium             Even if you apply for one or more of the hunts
                                                                                                                                                     During the application period (Jan. 25–                and CWMU)
                                                    limited-entry, premium limited-entry,      listed above, you can also apply for one of the
                                                                                                                                                 March 1, 2018), you can research past hunts on           • Fourth—Once-in-a-lifetime permits
                                                    multi-season limited-entry, limited-       following general-season deer permits:
                                                                                                                                                 the Utah Hunt Planner. You can find all kinds of         • Fifth—General buck deer (Lifetime
                                                    entry, management buck deer, cactus              • An archery buck deer permit
                                                                                                                                                 in-depth information on Utah’s big game hunt-              License holders)
                                                    buck and CWMU hunts                              • An any legal weapon (rifle) buck deer
                                                                                                                                                 ing units, including notes from the managing             • Sixth—General buck deer (Dedicated
                                                  • Bull elk—multi-season limited-entry,               permit
                                                                                                                                                 biologists and details about the units’ big                Hunters)
                                                    limited-entry and CWMU hunts                     • A muzzleloader buck deer permit
                                                                                                                                                 game populations, accessibility, habitat, safety         • Seventh—General buck deer (youth)
                                                  • Buck pronghorn—limited-entry and                As you apply for various permits, please
                                                                                                                                                 and weather.                                             • Eighth—General buck deer
                                                    CWMU hunts                                 remember that you may not obtain more than
                                                                                                                                                     Then, starting in June 2018, you can visit           • Last—Youth any bull elk
                                                 In addition to applying for a limited-entry   one buck deer or one bull elk permit each year.
                                                                                                                                                 wildlife.utah.gov/huntplanner to see updated            Because of the order in which permits are
                                             permit for one of those three species, you can    For example, if you obtain a limited-entry deer
                                                                                                                                                 information for the 2018 season. If you obtain     drawn, you will not be included in the drawing
                                             also apply for one once-in-a-lifetime permit.     permit, you may not buy a general-season deer
                                                                                                                                                 a big game permit in 2018, this is a tool that     for a once-in-a-lifetime permit if you draw any
                                                 You may draw only one of the above            permit.
                                                                                                                                                 can help you have a great experience during        of the following permits:
                                             permits each year.                                     You also may not obtain more than one
                                                                                                                                                 your hunt.                                               • Buck deer (multi-season premium
                                                                                               pronghorn, moose, mountain goat, bison or
                                             Nonresidents                                                                                                                                                   limited-entry, premium limited-entry,
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                                                                                               bighorn sheep permit in the same year.            Obtain permission to hunt
                                                If you’re a nonresident, you can apply to                                                                                                                   multi-season limited-entry, limited-entry,
                                                                                                                                                 private property
                                             hunt all of the following:                        Do your research                                      The Division cannot guarantee access to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            CWMU, cactus or management buck deer)
                                                 • Buck deer—multi-season premium                  It’s important to nail down the details                                                                • Bull elk (multi-season limited-entry,
                                                                                                                                                 private land, and the agency does not have
                                                   limited-entry, premium limited-entry,       before applying for a hunt. You don’t want to                                                                limited-entry or CWMU)
                                                                                                                                                 the names of landowners who own property
                                                   multi-season limited-entry, limited-en-     accidentally apply for the wrong hunting unit                                                              • Buck pronghorn (limited-entry or CWMU)
                                                                                                                                                 where hunts occur.
                                                   try, management buck deer and cactus        or season. We’ve provided information in this                                                             For more information, please visit
                                                                                                                                                     Under certain circumstances, you must
                                                   buck hunts                                                                                    obtain written permission from the landowner       wildlife.utah.gov/drawings.

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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018   Know how to apply as a                              Why bonus points                                   Residents                                         species—deer, in this case—and not for a




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018
                                             group                                               matter                                                 If you’re a resident, you may apply for one   particular hunting unit.
                                             Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-7 and R657-62-18           Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-8                         of the following:
                                                  If you want to apply with your friends and                                                             • One limited-entry permit and one once-     Applying for a preference
                                                                                                      Utah’s bonus point system has been put in
                                             family as a group, there are some important         place to increase your chance of drawing a big            in-a-lifetime permit                       point
                                             things to consider before selecting your hunt                                                               • One limited-entry permit and one once-          Even if you won’t be hunting general-
                                                                                                 game permit. Knowing more about the points
                                             choices.                                                                                                      in-a-lifetime bonus point                  season buck deer in 2018, you can still apply
                                                                                                 system may be helpful during the application
                                                  Both residents and nonresidents can apply                                                              • One limited-entry bonus point and one      for a preference point by selecting code GDR on
                                                                                                 process.
                                             together. However, if you’re a Utah resident                                                                  once-in-a-lifetime permit                  your application and paying a $10 application
                                                                                                      Every time you apply for a multi-season
                                             and you decide to apply with a nonresident,                                                                 • One limited-entry bonus point and one      fee. The application period is Jan. 25–March
                                                                                                 premium limited-entry, premium limited-en-
                                             make sure nonresident permits are available                                                                   once-in-a-lifetime bonus point             15, 2018.
                                                                                                 try, multi-season limited-entry, limited-entry,
                                             for each hunt your group is applying for. If non-                                                          You may NOT apply for the following:               If you draw a general-season deer permit,
                                                                                                 management buck deer, CWMU or once-in-a-
                                             resident permits are not available for a hunt                                                               • A permit and a bonus point for the same    you will lose your preference points and not
                                                                                                 lifetime permit, but you don’t draw one, you
                                             your group is applying for, the nonresident and                                                               species                                    receive an additional preference point.
                                                                                                 receive a bonus point for that species.
                                             everyone else in the group—including the                 Applying for a general buck deer permit            • More than one limited-entry bonus point
                                                                                                                                                                                                      How your preference
                                             Utah residents—will not be allowed to draw          will not affect your ability to obtain a bonus          • More than one once-in-a-lifetime bonus
                                                                                                                                                           point
                                                                                                                                                                                                      points work in the
                                             for that hunt unit.                                 point for limited-entry deer. If you draw a
                                                  Up to four hunters can apply together
                                                                                                                                                                                                      drawing
                                                                                                 general buck deer permit, you’ll still receive a                                                         For detailed information on how your
                                             for multi-season premium limited-entry,                                                                Nonresidents
                                                                                                 bonus point if you are unsuccessful in draw-                                                         preference points work in the drawing, visit
                                             premium limited-entry, multi-season limited-                                                                If you’re a nonresident, you may apply for
                                                                                                 ing a multi-season premium limited-entry,                                                            wildlife.utah.gov/huntingpermits.
                                             entry, limited-entry, general-season deer,                                                             permits or bonus points for all limited-entry
                                                                                                 premium limited-entry, multi-season limited-
                                             cactus buck and resident CWMU deer, elk or                                                             and once-in-a-lifetime species. However, you
                                             pronghorn permits. Group applications are not
                                                                                                 entry, limited-entry, or CWMU deer permit.
                                                                                                                                                    may not apply for a permit and a bonus point      Hunts with special
                                             accepted for management buck deer hunts or          Applying for a bonus                               for the same species.                             circumstances
                                             once-in-a-lifetime hunts.                           point                                                   Please remember that you may draw only           Most of the permits you can draw through
                                                  If your group is successful in the drawing,         Even if you’re not going to hunt in 2018,     one limited-entry or once-in-a-lifetime permit    the big game hunt drawing are pretty
                                             all of the applicants in your group who have        you can still receive a bonus point by applying    each year.                                        self-explanatory. There are a couple of hunts,
                                             valid applications will receive a permit.           for one. To apply for a bonus point, select                                                          however, that require additional explanation.
                                                                                                                                                    How your bonus points
                                                  Important: If you’re a youth and you           the appropriate bonus point code on your                                                             Management buck deer
                                                                                                                                                    work
                                             want an opportunity to draw one of the              application and pay the $10 application fee.
                                                                                                                                                        For detailed information on how your          hunt
                                             permits reserved for youth, do not apply in         The 2018 bonus point application period is Jan.
                                                                                                                                                    bonus points work in the drawing, visit           Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-46
                                             a group with an adult. Young hunters can            25–March 15, 2018.                                                                                        A “management buck” is a buck deer with
                                                                                                                                                    wildlife.utah.gov/huntingpermits.
                                             apply as part of a youth-only group. Up to               Because you apply for bonus points by                                                           three points or less on at least one antler,
                                             two youth hunters can apply together                species, instead of by hunt, you may apply for     Why preference                                    above and including the first fork, but not in-
                                             for the youth any bull elk hunts, and up to         a bonus point even if a particular hunt isn’t
                                             four youth hunters can apply together for           being offered in 2018.
                                                                                                                                                    points matter                                     cluding the eye guard. The eye guard does not
                                                                                                                                                    Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-9                        count as a point. A point is a projection that’s
                                             general-season deer hunts. Please see page               To apply for a bonus point, you must be            Utah’s preference point system gives         longer than one inch, measured from its base
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                                             30 for more information about Utah’s youth          eligible for the hunt the bonus point will be      hunters who don’t draw a general-season buck      to its tip, including damaged or broken antlers.
                                             hunting opportunities.                              awarded for. For example, if you’re eligible       deer permit a better chance at drawing one the         Management buck deer permits are
                                                                                                 for a limited-entry buck deer permit, you’re       following year.                                   available through the Utah big game drawing.
                                                                                                 eligible to apply for a limited-entry buck deer         Each time you apply for a general-season     Thirty percent of the management buck deer
                                                                                                 bonus point.                                       buck deer permit and don’t draw one, you’ll       permits are available to hunters who’ll be 17
                                                                                                                                                    receive a preference point. Please keep in        years of age or younger on July 31, 2018. Thirty
                                                                                                                                                    mind that preference points are given for a       percent are available to hunters who’ll be 65

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Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018   years of age or older on Aug. 18, 2018. The re-       deer hunts on the following general-season      Late-season, limited-                              Waiting periods




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018
                                             maining 40 percent are available to hunters of        buck deer units:                                entry muzzleloader deer                                Waiting periods keep successful applicants
                                             all ages. Group applications are not accepted.             • Chalk Creek/East Canyon/Morgan-South     hunts                                              out of the drawing for a few years and give
                                                  If you are successful in the drawing, you               Rich                                         For 2018, the Utah Wildlife Board approved     other hunters a better chance at drawing a
                                             must complete an online orientation course                 • Fillmore                                 late-season, limited-entry muzzleloader deer       permit.
                                             before you will receive your permit.                       • Kamas                                    hunts on 16 general-season buck deer units.
                                                  Important: If you obtain a management                 • Nine Mile                                                                                   Buck deer, buck pronghorn and bull
                                                                                                                                                   Some of the participating units are different
                                             buck deer permit, that is the only buck deer               • Pine Valley                                                                                 elk permits
                                                                                                                                                   than in previous years.                            Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-18
                                             permit you may obtain for the 2018 season.                 • Plateau, Fishlake                            For a complete list of the units where these
                                             You will lose your bonus points and incur a                • Zion                                                                                            The waiting period for buck deer and buck
                                                                                                                                                   hunts will occur, see page 46.                     pronghorn is two years. The bull elk waiting
                                             waiting period of two years.                              These hunts will run from Oct. 10–14,           These hunts will occur at the same time as
                                                                                                   2018. The goal of these hunts is to reduce                                                         period is five years. Waiting periods do not
                                             Why a management buck deer hunt?                                                                      the general muzzleloader elk hunt, running         apply to general-season permits.
                                                                                                   crowding and give hunters the opportunity to    from Oct. 31–Nov. 8, 2018.
                                                 Removing excess bucks on the Paunsau-             hunt deer and general-season elk at the same                                                           Note: A youth may draw only one youth
                                             gunt and Henry Mountains premium limited-                                                                 Please keep in mind that if you are suc-       any bull elk permit during his or her years as
                                                                                                   time.                                           cessful in obtaining a permit for one of these
                                             entry units—while protecting the larger bucks             For a list of the units where these hunts                                                      a youth.
                                             in the herds—is the goal of the management                                                            hunts, you will lose your bonus points and
                                                                                                   will occur, see page 39.                        incur a waiting period of two years.               Once-in-a-lifetime permits
                                             buck deer hunt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-18
                                                 These two units have high buck-to-doe
                                                                                                                                                   Are you eligible to                                    Bull moose, bison, Rocky Mountain
                                             ratios. Harvesting smaller-antlered bucks will          Multi-season hunts for
                                             preserve trophy-class bucks and provide more            deer and elk
                                                                                                                                                   apply?                                             bighorn sheep, desert bighorn sheep and
                                                                                                                                                       Before you submit your application, make       mountain goat permits are once-in-a-lifetime
                                             room for does. Having more does in the herds            Utah Admin Rules R657-5-26 and R657-5-32
                                                                                                                                                   sure that you are eligible to participate in the   permits. If you obtain a once-in-a-lifetime
                                             will result in more fawns being born. Having                Utah offers multi-season hunts for
                                                                                                                                                   big game drawing.                                  permit for a particular species, such as a bull
                                             more fawns will help ensure that these herds            deer or elk on select limited-entry or
                                                                                                                                                                                                      moose, you may not apply for that permit
                                             remain strong and healthy into the future.              premium limited-entry units during all        You may not apply if...                            again in the drawing.
                                                                                                     the seasons listed in the hunt tables of           You may not apply for a hunting permit, a
                                             Paunsaugunt cactus buck                                 this guidebook. Those tables begin on         bonus point or a preference point if any of the       Obtain up to three elk
                                             hunt (new)                                              page 38. Permits for those hunts are
                                             Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-47                                                                            following conditions apply:                           permits
                                                                                                     available through the big game drawing.             • Your big game hunting privilege has
                                                   Starting this year, you will be able to apply                                                                                                         Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-33
                                                                                                         And this year—for the first time—                 been suspended.                                   In Utah, a hunter can obtain up to
                                             for a permit to hunt a cactus buck on the
                                                                                                     eligible hunters may purchase a multi-              • You’re under a waiting period for the         three elk permits each year:
                                             Paunsaugunt unit. A cactus buck is one that
                                             still has velvet covering at least 50 percent of        season general bull elk permit (any                   species you want to apply for.                     • A maximum of one permit can be
                                             its antlers during the season dates set by the          bull or spike) and hunt all three of the            • You’ve already obtained a permit for the             for a bull elk.
                                             Wildlife Board.                                         general elk seasons. Those permits will               once-in-a-lifetime species you want to             • A maximum of one antlerless elk
                                                   There are quite a few cactus bucks on the         be available beginning at 8 a.m. MDT                  apply for.                                           permit can be obtained through
                                             Paunsaugunt unit, and they have unique antler           on July 17, 2018 at wildlife.utah.gov and           • You drew any type of limited-entry or                the antlerless hunt drawing.
                                             growth that many hunters find fascinating.              from license agents and Division offices.             once-in-a-lifetime permit in 2017, but             • A maximum of two antlerless elk
                                                                                                         For detailed information about the
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                                                   For season dates, see the hunt table on                                                                 you didn’t submit a harvest report.                  permits can be obtained over the
                                                                                                     multi-season general elk hunts, see the             • You don’t have a hunting or combination              counter.
                                             page 44.
                                                                                                     2018 Utah Big Game Field Regulations                  license.                                          Even though you cannot obtain
                                             Early general-season buck                               Guidebook in June 2018.                            Additionally, if you are a CWMU landowner        antlerless elk permits until the summer
                                             deer hunts (new)                                            Please keep in mind that when you         association member or a spouse or dependent           of 2018, knowing about this opportunity
                                                For 2018, the Utah Wildlife Board approved           hunt multiple seasons, you must use the       child, you cannot apply for your own CWMU             may affect which permits you apply for
                                             new early general-season any weapon buck                appropriate weapon type for the season.       permits in the big game drawing.                      in the big game drawing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018
                                             lifetime species that you haven’t drawn a                  from a landowner or a CWMU operator.         Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-18
                                             permit for.                                              • If you have not obtained a once-in-a-life-   To participate in any of Utah’s big game hunts, you need a hunting permit. Your first, and
                                                  Also, if you’ve been convicted of unlawfully          time permit in the public drawing—and        possibly only, chance to obtain one of these permits is through the state’s big game draw-
                                             taking a once-in-a-lifetime species, you may               you buy a once-in-a-lifetime permit from
                                                                                                                                                     ing. You will avoid unnecessary stress if you plan ahead and apply for the drawing before
                                             never apply for or obtain a permit for that                a landowner or a CWMU operator—you
                                             species again.                                             may not obtain a permit in the public        the last day of the application period.

                                             Permits obtained after the drawing
                                                                                                        drawing for that species in the future.      Important dates                                        To apply for a resident permit, you must be
                                                                                                     Keep in mind that whether you draw or               If you are planning to apply for a 2018 big   a resident on the date the permit is purchased.
                                             Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-15
                                                                                                 purchase a permit, you may not obtain more          game permit, please be aware of the following     May 31, 2018 is considered the purchase date
                                                 If you’re under a waiting period for a
                                                                                                 than one of each of the following permits dur-      dates and deadlines.                              of the permit and the date by which you must
                                             certain species, you can still obtain any permit
                                                                                                 ing the 2018 big game season:                                                                         establish residency in the state of Utah. Please
                                             that remains for that species after the drawing,                                                        January 25: Apply online
                                                                                                      • Buck deer permit                                                                               see the resident definition on page 71 to
                                             but your waiting period will start all over                                                                  Starting Jan. 25, 2018, you can visit
                                                                                                      • Bull elk permit                                                                                learn whether you qualify as a resident.
                                             again.                                                                                                  wildlife.utah.gov to apply for the following
                                                                                                      • Pronghorn permit (either buck or doe)                                                               American Express, Discover, MasterCard
                                                 For example, if you have two years left                                                             items:
                                                                                                     For example, if you draw a general-season                                                         and VISA credit or debit cards may be used as
                                             on your bull elk waiting period, and you buy                                                                  • Big game hunting permits
                                                                                                 buck deer permit—and then decide you                                                                  payment, and they must be valid through June
                                             a limited-entry bull elk permit that remains                                                                  • Bonus points
                                                                                                 want to hunt on a CWMU instead—you must                                                               2018. You can also use a pre-paid credit card.
                                             available after the drawing, you’ll begin a                                                                   • Preference points
                                                                                                 surrender your general-season permit before                                                                Please keep in mind that the Division is
                                             new five-year waiting period that will prevent                                                               You can also apply by calling any Division
                                                                                                 the opening day of the season listed on your                                                          not responsible for any bank charges incurred
                                             you from applying for a limited-entry bull elk                                                          office.
                                                                                                 permit and before redeeming the CWMU                                                                  for the use of credit or debit cards. To change
                                             permit for the next five years.
                                                                                                 voucher for a permit.                                                                                 the credit or debit card associated with your
                                                 If you’re not already under a waiting
                                                                                                                                                        Antlerless big game                            application, call 1-800-221-0659.
                                             period—and you obtain a limited-entry               Mandatory reporting                                                                                        When you submit your application, you’ll
                                             or once-in-a-lifetime permit that remains               Reporting your hunt information is                 hunting
                                                                                                                                                                                                       be charged a $10 application fee for each
                                             available after the drawing—you will lose           important—and required—even if you didn’t                  Antlerless hunting is the primary tool
                                                                                                                                                                                                       species or point you applied for. If you haven’t
                                             your bonus points for that species and incur a      harvest an animal. You must report your hunt           biologists use to control the size of big
                                                                                                                                                                                                       bought your license yet, you’ll also be charged
                                             waiting period.                                     information for any type of limited-entry or           game herds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       a license fee. You will not be charged a permit
                                                                                                 once-in-a-lifetime hunt within 30 days of the              This year, you can apply online for
                                             CWMU, conservation, expo and land-                                                                                                                        fee unless you draw a permit.
                                                                                                 end of the hunt.                                       one or more antlerless big game permits
                                             owner permits                                                                                              from May 31–June 21, 2018. Plan on vis-        March 1: Deadline for permit applica-
                                             Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-18
                                                                                                     If you don’t meet this requirement, you
                                                                                                 won’t be allowed to apply the following year           iting wildlife.utah.gov in late May 2018       tions
                                                  If you obtain a CWMU, conservation,                                                                   to see which permits are available.
                                             expo or landowner permit from a private             for once-in-a-lifetime, multi-season premium                                                              You must apply online or by phone no
                                                                                                 limited-entry, premium limited-entry, multi-               Antlerless drawing results will be         later than March 1, 2018. There’s an 11 p.m.
                                             individual or organization—for deer, elk or                                                                available on or before July 12. If any
                                             pronghorn—you won’t be subject to a waiting         season limited-entry, limited-entry, manage-                                                          MST deadline for online applications and a 5
                                                                                                 ment buck deer or CWMU permits, or for bonus           antlerless permits remain available after      p.m. MST deadline for phone applications. To
                                             period.                                                                                                    the drawing, you can purchase them
                                                  If you obtain a once-in-a-lifetime permit      points.                                                                                               apply, simply visit wildlife.utah.gov or call any
                                                                                                     If you didn’t submit your 2017 harvest             beginning at 8 a.m. MDT on July 26.            Division office.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           wildlife.utah.gov
                                             in the expo drawing or from a conservation                                                                     The 2018 Utah Big Game Field
                                             organization, you may not apply for that spe-       survey questionnaire by the deadline, you
                                                                                                 can restore your eligibility to apply for a 2018       Regulations Guidebook will be available        Correcting and resubmitting your
                                             cies in any other public drawing.                                                                          in June. That guidebook will contain in-       application
                                                  The rules regarding CWMU and once-in-a-        permit by paying a $50 late fee. For more
                                                                                                 information, call 1-800-221-0659.                      formation you can use in the field during          Did you make a mistake in your online
                                             lifetime permits are as follows:                                                                           your big game and antlerless hunts.            permit application? Simply withdraw your
                                                   • If you have obtained a once-in-a-lifetime                                                                                                         original online application and submit a new,
                                                     permit in the public drawing in the past,                                                                                                         correct application before 11 p.m. MST on
                                                                                                                                                                                                       March 1, 2018.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Utah Big Game Application Guidebook • 2018
                                             your customer ID and your date of birth in or-     your application                                    permits available                                      How many permits will
                                             der to withdraw your application. For each new          If you decide not to hunt, you can                 Any limited-entry permits remaining                be available in 2018?
                                             application you submit, you will be charged a      withdraw your online permit application at          after the big game drawing will be available               The Utah Wildlife Board will set
                                             $10 nonrefundable application fee.                 no additional cost until 11 p.m. MDT on March       beginning July 17, 2018 at 8 a.m. MDT. You can         permit numbers for both the big game
                                                 If you need help with your online applica-     15, 2018.                                           buy permits at wildlife.utah.gov and at license        and antlerless hunts when it meets in
                                             tion, please call any Division office before 5          Please remember that the $10 application       agent locations and Division offices.                  late April 2018.
                                             p.m. MST on March 1. A Division employee will      fee is not refundable.                                  Remaining permits are available on a first-            This meeting occurs after the big
                                             be available to assist you.                                                                            come, first-served basis. You must have a valid        game application period and before the
                                                                                                May 31: Drawing results available                   hunting license or a combination license to buy        antlerless application period.
                                             March 15: Deadline for bonus/                          You’ll be emailed your drawing results on       one of these permits.                                      Division biologists will collect and
                                             preference points                                  or before May 31, 2018. You can also learn your         A license agent list is available at               analyze the most recent harvest and
                                                 If you plan to apply for bonus or preference   drawing results by visiting wildlife.utah.gov       wildlife.utah.gov/licenseagents. Before you visit      population data before making their
                                             points only, the deadline is March 15, 2018 at     or by calling 1-800-221-0659. For more              any of the agents, contact them to verify their        recommendations to the Wildlife Board.
                                             11 p.m. MDT.                                       information about obtaining your results, see       hours of operation.
                                                 To apply for a bonus point, select the         page 24.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Division offices. Remaining permits are avail-
                                             appropriate bonus point code on your applica-          To protect applicants’ privacy—and to           July 17: General-season bull elk
                                                                                                                                                                                                        able on a first-come, first-served basis. You
                                             tion.                                              comply with changes in governmental records         permits available
                                                                                                                                                                                                        must have a valid hunting license or a combi-
                                                 To apply for a preference point, select code   access laws—you’ll receive access to only your          All general-season bull elk permits—in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        nation license to buy one of these permits.
                                             GDR on your application.                           own drawing results.                                cluding the new multi-season general bull elk
                                                                                                                                                                                                            A license agent list is available at
                                                 There is a $10 application fee for each            If you draw a permit, you’ll receive your       permits—may be obtained beginning at 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                        wildlife.utah.gov/licenseagents. Before you visit
                                             bonus/preference point you apply for.              permit in the mail in July.                         a.m. MDT on July 17, 2018 at wildlife.utah.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                        any of the agents, contact them to verify their
                                                 For more information about bonus points,           If your permit requires you to complete an      and from license agents and Division offices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        hours of operation.
                                             see page 16, and for more information              online orientation course, you must first com-          All general-season bull elk permits
                                             about preference points, see page 17.              plete the course in order to receive your permit.   (muzzleloader and any legal weapon) are             July 19: Additional youth archery
                                                 Visit wildlife.utah.gov to submit your             Please be aware that if you receive your        available on a first-come, first-served basis.      deer permits available
                                             application, and please remember that you          permit, and then the credit card you used for       General-season bull elk archery permits are             Youth archery deer permits may be
                                             must have a valid Utah hunting or combination      payment is refused, your permit is not valid.       unlimited. For additional information on multi-     obtained beginning at 8 a.m. MDT on July
                                             license in order to apply for a point.                                                                 season general elk permits, see page .           19, 2018 at wildlife.utah.gov and from license
                                                                                                                                                        You must have a valid hunting license or a      agents and Division offices. These permits are
                                                                                                                                                    combination license to buy a general-season         part of an additional opportunity available to
                                                                                                                                                    bull elk permit of any kind.                        youth hunters. For details, see page 30.
                                                                                                                                                        You can see a list of license agents at             You must have a valid hunting license
                                                                                                                                                    wildlife.utah.gov/licenseagents. Before you visit   or a combination license to buy one of these
                                                                                                                                                    any of the agents, contact them to verify their     permits.
                                                                                                                                                    hours of operation.                                     A license agent list is available at
                                                                                                                                                                                                        wildlife.utah.gov/licenseagents. Before you visit
                                                                                                                                                    July 19: Remaining general-season
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wildlife.utah.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                        any of the agents, contact them to verify their
                                                                                                                                                    buck deer permits available (any
                                                                                                                                                                                                        hours of operation.
                                                                                                                                                    legal weapon, archery and muzzle-
                                                                                                                                                    loader)
                                                                                                                                                        Any general-season buck deer permits
                                                                                                                                                    remaining after the drawing may be obtained
                                                                                                                                                    beginning at 8 a.m. MDT on July 19, 2018 at
                                                                                                                                                    wildlife.utah.gov and from license agents and

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