Are you interested in hunting an antlerless big game animal during the 2015 season? Here's the information you'll need in order to apply for a permit.
1 Learn when you can apply for a permit
2 Find out what's new and other important information about the 2015 season
3 Review antlerless season dates, hunt tables and permit fees
4 Make sure you meet the basic requirements to obtain a permit
5 Learn how to obtain a permit
You can apply online for an antlerless permit from May 28–June 18, 2015. The pages linked above will provide all of the information and tools you need in order to apply.
You'll be emailed your drawing results on or before July 9, 2015. You can also learn your drawing results online, call 1-800-221-0659 or contact a Division office during business hours. To protect your privacy and to comply with changes in governmental records access laws, you'll receive access to only your own drawing results.
What's new this year?
New hunts: This year, there are new hunts for antlerless deer and elk. See detailed hunt information.
New antlerless elk-control areas: Did you obtain a buck deer, bull elk or once-in-a-lifetime permit for an elk-control area? If so, you may be eligible to purchase an antlerless elk-control permit. This year, you can use an elk-control permit in three new areas: Mt Dutton, Pine Valley and West Desert, Vernon. (See more information about antlerless elk-control permits and areas.)
Boundary changes: Visit wildlife.utah.gov/maps to find a map and description of the area you want to hunt and please keep in mind that hunt boundaries change from year to year.
Other things to keep in mind
Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook: All big game field regulations—for both antlered and antlerless animals—are in the 2015 Utah Big Game Field Regulations guidebook. Printed copies will be available from license agents and Division offices in early June.
Antlerless harvest reporting
If you obtain an anterless permit this year, don't forget complete a harvest report after your hunt ends.
Visit Report your game harvest and click the appropriate button at the top of the page. Then, you can log in and complete your harvest report.
If you prefer to complete your harvest report over the phone, call 1-800-221-0659. The line is staffed 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
No cow moose permits available: Because of recent declines in Utah's moose populations, there will not be any cow moose permits available this year. You may still apply for a cow moose bonus point.
Hunting license required: Before you can apply for a 2015 antlerless permit, bonus point or preference point, you must have a valid Utah hunting or combination license. You can purchase a license today or when you apply for an antlerless permit.
Apply for permits online or by phone: If you plan to hunt antlerless big game in Utah this year, you must apply for a permit online or by phone no later than June 18, 2015. There's an 11 p.m. MDT deadline for online applications and a 5 p.m. MDT deadline for phone applications. Apply online, beginning May 28, or call any Division office.
Flexibility in using antlerless elk permits: If you obtain two antlerless elk permits for the same area—but the permits are for different seasons—you may harvest both elk during the same season. And don't forget that you can use your antlerless permit during your buck or bull season, as long as it's for the same area. See the information box for details.
Opportunity for youth: Twenty percent of the permits for antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn have been reserved for hunters who will be 17 or under by July 31, 2015.
Multiple elk permits: You may obtain two elk permits—provided one or both of the permits are antlerless—but you can only apply for or obtain one antlerless elk permit in the drawing. Learn more about this opportunity.
Season dates, hunt tables and boundary maps
Season dates vary, depending on the species and the area. For season date listings, see the 2015 antlerless hunt tables:
This table does not list antlerless moose permit fees because none are available in the 2015 antlerless drawing.
* Nonresidents may only obtain CWMU permits through the CWMU operator. See a list of CWMU properties.
Learn more about the rules
These antlerless pages summarize some of Utah's big game hunting laws and rules.
Under many of the headings on these pages, you'll see code references—such as Utah Code § 23-20-25 and Utah Administrative Rule R657-5-24—that are linked to the detailed statute or rule that underpins the summary. If you have questions about a particular subject, take a minute to click the links and read the rules.
You are also welcome to call or visit the nearest Division office if you have additional questions. For an in-depth look at all of Utah's big game hunting laws and rules, visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Administrative Rules web page.
Who makes the rules?
The Utah Wildlife Board passes the rules and laws summarized in this guidebook.
There are seven board members, and each serves a six-year term. Appointed by the governor, board members are not Division employees.
The Division's director serves as the board's executive secretary but does not have a vote on wildlife policies.
Before board members make changes to wildlife rules, they listen to recommendations from Division biologists. They also receive input from the public and various interest groups via the regional advisory council (RAC) process.
If you have feedback or suggestions for board members, you can find their contact information online.
Wildlife Board members
Jake Albrecht, Chair
Bill Fenimore, Vice Chair
Gregory Sheehan, Division Director & Executive Secretary