Answers to questions about the 2014 deer hunt
This page addresses the most common questions about the 2014 deer hunt. Please keep in mind that this information is subject to change and may be updated at any time. We encourage you to check back on a regular basis for the latest updates.
No. Utah's 2014 deer hunt will be very similar to the 2013 hunt. It will again take place in 30 hunting units. You may want to review the unit maps and boundaries before applying for a permit.
You can apply for a general-season deer permit in the 2014 Big Game Drawing. The application period runs from Jan. 30, 2014 until 11 p.m. on March 6, 2014. See the 2014 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook for details.
You'll find the information you need in the 2013 general-season deer preference point purchase, bonus points and drawing odds report.
You can see view a statewide map of the 30 deer hunting units on pages 26–27 of the 2014 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook. You can also view interactive maps of each of the 30 general-season deer units.
Some of the 30 units are made up of smaller subunits. (For example, three subunits make up the unit 12/16B/16C.) The DWR has years of historical harvest and management data for these subunits, which can be useful if you’re researching a particular area.
DWR biologists will recommend permit numbers in April 2014. The Utah Wildlife Board will decide on final permit numbers—for both the Big Game and Antlerless hunts—in May 2014.
Your best—and possibly only—opportunity to obtain a general-season deer permit is in the 2014 Big Game Drawing. If any permits are available after the drawing, they will go on sale in July 2014.
Yes. If you apply for a general-season deer permit and don't draw one, you will receive a preference point. In fact, if you aren't successful in drawing your first choice—but you draw your second, third, fourth or fifth choice—you will still receive a preference point.
The Dedicated Hunter Program drawing will take place as part of the 2014 Big Game Drawing. The application dates are from Jan. 30 to March 6, 2014. For more information on the program, visit the Dedicated Hunter Program website.
As in the past, these permits will be available from DWR regional offices on a first-come, first-served basis. If you qualify for a permit, it will only be valid for the unit in which you own land. If you own land in more than one unit, you must select the unit you want to hunt. See the Landowner Permits rule to learn more about eligibility for these permits.