WILDLIFE

11 Utahns to be chosen for special hunting permit

Oct 12, 2022, 9:30 AM
Bull Elk...
Bull Elk in Utah. Photos courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

SALT LAKE CITY — Any Utahn over the age of 11 has a chance at the “hunt of a lifetime.” With the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ sportsman hunting permit, special species may be hunted. 

The sportsman permit allows the elected Utahn to hunt a species they applied for, for a longer period of time on land unavailable to others. 

Although there are 11 different species to choose from, only one permit per species will be distributed.

Choices of game include: 

  • Bison 
  • Black bear 
  • Buck deer 
  • Buck pronghorn 
  • Bull elk 
  • Bull moose 
  • Cougar
  • Desert bighorn sheep 
  • Mountain goat
  • Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep 
  • Wild turkey

“If you draw a sportsman permit, you can hunt on almost every unit in Utah that’s open to hunting the species you drew a permit for,” DWR Wildlife Licensing Coordinator Lindy Varney said in a press release.

“Also, the season dates are much longer, so you’ll have more time to scout different places to harvest an animal. It’s the hunt of a lifetime.” 

However, you can not apply for the permit without a Utah hunting or combination license. 

Utahns have from Oct. 19 until Nov. 9 to submit their sportsman permit application

There’s a non-refundable $10 application fee to apply for each species. If you are among the 11 who wins, you will be expected to pay the permit fees ranging from $35 to $513.

 

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