How to join the program
STEP 1: Take the required orientation course
The Orientation course will help you learn if the Dedicated Hunter program is right for you. The course is generally available year-round, but in order to apply, you'll need to take it after January 1, in the year you apply.
STEP 2: Submit an online application
To join the program, submit an online application for Dedicated Hunter within the annual Big Game permit drawing application, which is typically late January to early March.
Selecting a hunt choice
Within the application, you'll have the option to select the general season hunting unit that you'd like to hunt. There are no Limited-entry areas available to Dedicated Hunters.
The online application will allow you to apply for up to five different units. You'll only draw one unit, and won't be able to switch to a different unit during the program — only select a unit you want for the entire three-year period.
If you decide to select more than one hunt unit choice, applying as a group is the only way to ensure that you, and your hunting companions end up drawing the same unit. The application will allow up to four hunters to apply together in a group.
Know the rules
In the Application process, you'll check a box to verify that you understand all of the rules regarding the hunts you're applying for. You'll need to review Administrative Rule R657-38 before applying.
STEP 3: Be successful in the drawing
There are limited spaces open each year to join the program. Depending on the unit you apply for, it might take more than one year to draw. Drawing results are typically available by late May.
If your drawing result is unsuccessful, you'll receive a Dedicated Hunter preference point. This point improves your odds of joining the program in a future drawing. Read more about preference points.
Dedicated Hunter preference points
There are a few more things you should know about Dedicated Hunter preference points:
- If you don't want to be in the program now — but you might at a later date — you can apply for a Dedicated Hunter preference point.
- Dedicated Hunter preference points can accumulate from year to year.
- Dedicated Hunter preference points are not the same as general-season buck deer preference points.
For an in-depth look at Dedicated Hunter preference points, see Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-10.
If you are successful in the drawing, you'll be enrolled in the program and charged one of the following (non-refundable) fees: