Rules & regulations

These guidebooks contain the information you must know to hunt or fish in Utah. We highly recommend that you either download electronic versions or pick up printed copies. We distribute free printed guidebooks at Division offices and licensing agents.

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2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook

The 2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah.

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Emergency change

Mammoth Creek, including all tributaries, lakes and ponds, excluding Castle Creek (Garfield and Iron Counties).

Upstream of Forest Road 50 (Mammoth Creek cutoff road): Limit 8 trout
Castle Creek (tributary to Mammoth Creek): Limit un-changcd and remains at 4 trout

This change is effective May 11, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

The upper Mammoth Creek drainage will be treated with rotenone in 2020 in order to remove nonnative trout. This project is part of an effort to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout to the drainage upstream of Mammoth Spring. This change allows anglers to harvest additional trout prior to the rotenone treatment. Castle Creek has been previously treated with rotenone as part of this project and will not be re-treated in 2020.

All other rules established in the 2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

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2020 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook

The Utah Big Game Application Guidebook provides information and instructions hunters need to know to apply for bucks, bulls and once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

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Corrections

Page 69: The Wallsburg CWMU bull moose hunt (#MB6225) was incorrectly listed as a public hunt option in the printed Utah Big Game Application Guidebook. That hunt has been canceled for 2020, and the hunt listing has been removed from the electronic copy of the guidebook.

Page 23: Corrected the sales date for remaining antlerless permits to July 22.

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2020 Utah Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook

The Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern big game hunting in Utah.

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Clarifications

Page 7: Added a reminder that extended archery elk hunters can harvest any bull elk or antlerless elk in an extended archery elk area and season.

Page 26: Added a reminder that extended archery elk hunters can harvest any bull elk or antlerless elk in an extended archery elk area and season.

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2020 Utah Antlerless Applications

Are you interested in hunting an antlerless big game animal during the 2020 season? Here's the information you'll need in order to apply for a permit.

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2020–21 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Hunting Guidebook

The Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern upland game and turkey hunting in Utah.

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2020–21 Utah Waterfowl Hunting Guidebook

The Utah Waterfowl Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern waterfowl hunting in Utah.

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2020 Utah Black Bear Guidebook

The Utah Black Bear Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern black bear hunting in Utah.

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2019–20 Utah Cougar Hunting Guidebook

The Utah Cougar Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern hunting and pursuing cougars in Utah.

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Emergency change

Change to the 2019–2020 Utah Cougar Proclamation of the Wildlife Board for the Taking of Cougar. I, Michal Fowlks, by authority granted in Section 23-14-8 of the Wildlife Resources code of Utah declare an emergency amendment to the 2019–2020 Utah Cougar Guidebook. The following has been amended:

  • Chalk Creek: AMEND the harvest objective to 30 and reopen the unit.
  • Ogden: AMEND the harvest objective to 24 and reopen the unit.
  • Beaver, West: AMEND Beaver, Mineral Mountains to consolidate with the Beaver, West unit. Reopen Beaver, West unit with harvest objective of 14.
  • Box Elder, Desert: AMEND the harvest objective to 18 and reopen the unit.
  • Cache: AMEND harvest objective to 38.
  • Nine Mile, North: AMEND harvest objective to 38.
  • Book Cliffs, East: AMEND harvest objective to 44.
  • Morgan-South Rich: AMEND split unit to allow for a total harvest of 23.
  • Beaver, East: AMEND split unit to allow for a total harvest of 23.
  • Monroe: AMEND split unit to allow for a total harvest of 23.
  • Plateau, Boulder: AMEND split unit to allow for a total harvest of 24.

Drought and heavy winter conditions in 2017 through 2019 resulted in significant declines in mule deer populations. On certain units, recovery of mule deer populations has been impeded by high cougar populations. The units with emergency permit changes have exhibited deer population declines of 15% or greater and have either already filled their harvest objective for cougar or are expected to based upon previous harvest success. Reductions in cougar populations on these units and at these levels will facilitate mule deer herd recovery while providing sustainable management of both predator and prey populations.

This change is effective immediately and will remain in effect throughout the 2019–2020 Cougar hunt seasons.

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2019–20 Utah Furbearer Guidebook

Taking, possessing, selling and purchasing.

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DWR administrative rule governing falconry in Utah

View rule R657-20

Collection, Importation & Possession of Amphibians & Reptiles

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Collection, Importation, Transportation & Possession of Animals

View rule R657-3

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