Dedicated Hunter Program FAQ
Answer: In most situations, a Dedicated Hunter can withdraw from the program early. Withdrawal must happen prior to the last hunting day in the third year of the enrollment. See each year in the Dedicated Hunter Program Guide to learn how to withdraw from the program.
Answer: Yes. You can choose to purchase service credit instead of working service hours. There are two payment options: You can either pay for service hours online, or contact your nearest DWR office to arrange payment. The current rate is $40 per service credit hour.
Answer: Not fulfilling the annual requirements, means that you will not get a permit. If you are unable to fulfill the requirements, your best choice may be to formally withdraw from the program and let someone else have that hunting opportunity instead.
Answer: No. The unit you drew when you applied for the program will remain your unit throughout your enrollment period. However, wildlife populations are susceptible to a variety of impacts, such as severe winter snow, drought, disease, fire, etc., which can require managing hunting through changes to boundaries, season length or by implementing other restrictions and closures. Dedicated Hunters are subject to changes to their hunting units while in the program.
Answer: No. Service completed prior to receiving your Big Game Drawing results is not eligible for credit toward Dedicated Hunter program requirements. Don’t do service until you have joined.
Answer: No. Friends and family cannot donate or transfer their service toward your requirements. Each person must do their own service.
Answer: Your COR number is an authorization number to be in the Dedicated Hunter Program. You can find your COR number by using the look-up feature on the Check your progress webpage.
Answer: Yes, but you may only have one buck deer permit each year. If you draw a limited-entry buck deer permit in the big game drawing, you can’t have your Dedicated Hunter permit that year. If you harvest during your limited-entry hunt, it will not count toward your harvest limit for the Dedicated Hunter program.
Answer: Yes, if the Dedicated Hunter is mobilized or deployed on military assignment; OR has drawn a limited-entry buck deer permit from the annual big game drawing. Extensions are not given for hunters obtaining permits directly from a CWMU, the annual convention/expo or another source. Receiving a program extension is not automatic and you must make the request in writing before the enrollment period expires. Other restrictions apply. Contact your nearest DWR office for more information.
Answer: Two deer harvests is the limit for program enrollment. If you have two harvests in the first two years, you won't get a permit for the 3rd year and you will need to finish the total of 32 service hours. You cannot purchase any other Utah general-season buck deer permit while you are still enrolled in the program.
- Can I hunt the Extended Archery area/season if my Dedicated Hunter unit does not have an extended archery area?
Answer: Yes. As long as you complete the online archery ethics course, your Dedicated Hunter permit allows you to hunt in the extended archery hunt areas during the extended season dates listed in the Big Game Field Regulations guidebook.
Answer: Return your uncut and unnotched permit to any DWR office. When the Dedicated Hunter permit is printed, a "harvest" is assigned to your record automatically. Returning the unfilled permit will remove the "harvest."