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How to apply for a 2015 sportsman permit

Utah Admin. Rule R657-41, R657-42 and R657-62-45

Long season dates and the ability to hunt almost every hunting unit in Utah make sportsman permits the most prized permits offered to Utah's public hunters.

Only Utah residents can apply for sportsman permits, and you cannot earn or use bonus points in the sportsman drawings. One sportsman permit is usually offered each year for each of the following species:

  • Buck deer*
  • Buck pronghorn*
  • Bull elk
  • Bull moose
  • Desert bighorn sheep (ram)
  • Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ram)*
  • Hunter's choice bison*
  • Hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat
  • Black bear
  • Cougar
  • Wild turkey

*All sportsman permits exclude Antelope Island.

Important dates for applicants

October 28, 2014: Apply online

Utah residents can apply for a permit online or by calling any Division office.

To apply for a 2015 sportsman's permit, you must be at least 14 years old by Dec. 31, 2015.

You must also be a Utah resident on the date the permit is purchased. Nov. 26, 2014 is considered the purchase date of the permit and the date by which you must establish residency in the state of Utah. Please see the resident definition to learn whether you qualify as a resident.

When you apply, a $10 nonrefundable application fee will be charged. You will not be charged for a permit unless you're successful in drawing one. A valid hunting or combination license is required to apply.

November 18, 2014: Application deadline

You must apply online or by phone no later than Nov. 18, 2014. There's an 11 p.m. deadline for online applications and a 5 p.m. deadline for phone applications. To apply, simply visit wildlife.utah.gov or call any Division office.

November 18, 2014: Withdrawing your application

If you decide not to hunt, you can withdraw your online permit application at no cost until 11 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2014.

Please remember that the $10 application fee is not refundable.

November 26, 2014: Drawing results available

You'll be notified of your drawing results by e-mail. You can also receive the drawing results online or by calling 1-800-221-0659.

Waiting periods

You may apply for a sportsman deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or cougar permit, even if you are on a waiting period for that species. Likewise, you will not be given a waiting period if you draw a sportsman deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or cougar permit.

You may not apply for a sportsman bison, bull moose, desert bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goat permit If you have already used your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for that species. If you draw a sportsman permit for a once-in-a-lifetime permit species, you will be given a lifetime waiting period for that species.

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