WILDLIFE

11 Utahns to be chosen for special hunting permit

Oct 12, 2022, 9:30 AM

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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says deer, elk and fish are the most common wildlife to be poached in the state.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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