Rules and regulations
Updated: February 8, 2016, 12:15 pm
Your first, and possibly only, chance to obtain a Utah antlerless permit is through the state's antlerless drawing. To apply for the drawing, you'll need to:
1 Know what types of antlerless permits are available
2 Research your hunts using the online maps and boundaries
3 Know when, where and how to apply for a permit
4 Know how bonus points and preference points work
5 Understand the drawing process and refunds
Types of antlerless permits
Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-20
Poaching-reported reward permits
Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-23
It pays to report poachers in Utah.
If you provide information that leads to the successful prosecution of another person for the wanton destruction (poaching) of any big game species—on any once-in-a-lifetime or limited-entry hunt area in the state—you may receive a permit to hunt the same species on the same area where the violation occurred.
You can apply for all of the following antlerless permits in the 2013 drawing:
Note: There will not be any antlerless moose permits in 2013.
If you drew a bull moose permit in the 2013 big game drawing, you may not apply for an antlerless moose bonus point. Likewise, if you drew a pronghorn permit in the 2013 big game drawing, you may not apply for a doe pronghorn permit or preference point.
If you don't draw an antlerless permit in 2013, you might still be able to participate in a depredation hunt or obtain a CWMU or elk-control permit.
When, where and how to apply
Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-11, R657-62-12, R657-62-20 & R657-42
May 29: Apply online for permits, bonus points and preference points
Beginning May 29, residents and nonresidents can apply online for permits, bonus points and preference points. You can also apply by calling any Division office.
Applying as a group
Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-7
Instead of applying as an individual hunter, you and your friends and family can apply together as a group. Here's what you need to know:
1. Everyone in the group must apply during the same online session—you cannot add group members at a later date.
2. Both residents and nonresidents can apply together. (However, if you're a Utah resident and you decide to apply with a nonresident, make sure nonresident permits are available for each hunt your group is applying for.) If permits are not available for everyone in your group, the entire group will not be allowed to draw for that hunt unit.
3. Up to four hunters can apply together for antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn permits.
4. Please remember that if you're a youth, and you want to be included among those who draw for the antlerless permits reserved for youth, you must apply as an individual hunter or as part of a youth-only group.
5. When you apply, all fees for all applicants in your group must be charged to one credit or debit card.
If your group is successful in the drawing, all of the applicants in your group who have valid applications will receive a permit.
To apply for a resident permit, you must be a resident on the date the permit is purchased. July 9, 2013 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 residency definition to learn whether you qualify as a resident.)
When you submit your application, you'll be charged a nonrefundable $10 application fee for each species, bonus point or preference point you apply for.
Application fees, license fees and any donations you've authorized will be charged to your credit or debit card when you apply. Permit fees will be charged after the drawing, if you are successful.
You can use American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA credit or debit cards as payment, and they must be valid through August 2013. You can also use a pre-paid credit card. If you have questions about using a pre-paid credit card, check with your financial institution for more information. You will not be charged a permit fee unless you draw a permit.
Elk-control permits available
Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-33
During the 2013 season, the Division wants hunters to harvest as many antlerless elk as possible from 10 of Utah's hunting units:
If you obtained a permit (including general season) to harvest a buck, bull or once-in-a-lifetime species on any of the above units (not including CWMUs), you have the option of purchasing an antlerless elk-control permit.
The elk-control permit allows you to harvest an antlerless elk in the same unit where you'll already be hunting an antlered big game animal. You may hunt the antlerless elk only during the season dates—and with the same weapon—listed on your buck, bull or once-in-a-lifetime permit.
If you will be hunting buck deer and antlerless elk at the same time, please visit wildlife.utah.gov/maps to verify your boundaries for the elk portion of the hunt. You may only hunt antlerless elk on certain areas within the following buck deer units:
If you will be hunting bull elk (either limited-entry or general-season) and antlerless elk at the same time, please visit wildlife.utah.gov/maps to verify your boundaries for the antlerless elk portion of the hunt. You may only hunt antlerless elk on certain areas within the following bull elk unit:
To obtain an antlerless elk-control permit, please visit a license agent or any Division office, beginning July 18, 2013.
June 20: Deadline for permit applications, bonus points and preference points
Applications for antlerless hunting permits, bonus points and preference points must be submitted online no later than 11 p.m. on June 20, 2013.
Please remember that you must have a hunting license or a combination license to apply for permits and points. If you don't already have one of these licenses, you can buy one online when you apply.
If you need help with your online application, please call any Division office before 5 p.m. on June 20, 2013. A Division employee will be available to help you.
June 20: Deadline to withdraw and resubmit your application
Did you make a mistake in your online permit application? Simply withdraw your original online application and submit a new, correct application before 11 p.m. on June 20, 2013.
You must have your confirmation number, your customer ID and your date of birth in order to withdraw your application. For each new application you submit, you will be charged a $10 application fee.
If you need help with your online application, please call any Division office before 5 p.m. on June 20, 2013.
June 20: Deadline to withdraw your application
If you decide not to hunt, you can withdraw your online permit application until 11 p.m. on June 20, 2013.
Please remember that the fees you submitted with your application are not refundable.
July 9: Drawing results available
You'll be notified of the drawing results by e-mail. Beginning July 9, you can also see your drawing results online or call 1-800-221-0659 to obtain them. Note: Drawing results are not final until the Division posts the results online or you receive an official notification email.
Multiple elk permits
Utah Code § 23-19-22 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-20 & R657-5-33
You may obtain a maximum of two elk permits each year—provided one or both of the permits are antlerless—but you can only apply for or obtain one antlerless elk permit in the drawing. You may obtain two elk permits in any one of the following combinations:
For the purposes of obtaining two elk permits, a hunter's choice elk permit is considered a bull elk permit. Likewise, a general-season archery elk permit is also considered a bull elk permit. An antlerless elk-control permit is considered an antlerless permit.
If you obtain two antlerless elk permits for the same area—but the permits are for different seasons—you may harvest both elk during the same season as long as you use the appropriate weapon type.
Likewise, if you obtain an antlerless elk permit, you may use it at the same time you're hunting a buck deer or a bull elk. The antlerless permit must be for the same area listed on your deer or elk permit.
Beginning July 18, 2013, eligible hunters may purchase additional antlerless elk permits after the drawing. The permits will be available online on a first-come, first-served basis and from license agents and Division offices.
If you draw a permit, you'll receive your permit in the mail in August.
Please be aware that if you receive your permit, and then the credit card you used for payment is refused, your permit becomes invalid and you may not participate in the antlerless hunt. If this happens, please call 1-800-221-0659 to resolve the problem.
July 18: Remaining antlerless permits available
Any antlerless permits remaining after the drawing may be obtained online beginning at 8 a.m. on July 18, 2013. You may also visit license agents and Division offices to purchase one of these permits.
Note: License agents' business hours will vary; you should contact the agent you plan to visit before July 18 to learn when they're open for business.
Remaining permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must have a valid hunting or combination license. You may obtain a maximum of two elk permits.
Bonus points and preference points
Utah Admin Rule R657-62-8
In the antlerless drawing, bonus points apply to antlerless moose only.
Although there aren't any antlerless moose permits available in 2013, you may still apply for an antlerless moose bonus point.
You may apply for an antlerless moose bonus point only by selecting the appropriate hunt choice code (ANM) on the application and paying the $10 application fee.
You must have a current Utah hunting or combination license in order to apply for an antlerless moose bonus point.
You cannot apply for a hunt or receive a bonus point if either of the following conditions apply:
The Division began issuing bonus points for antlerless moose in 2006.
Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-9
Preference points are used to ensure that applicants who are unsuccessful, or who apply for a preference point in the drawing for antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn, will have first preference in the next year's drawing for the respective permits.
If you do not want to hunt antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn in the current year, you may apply for a preference point by inserting the appropriate hunt choice code on the application. You will be charged a $10 application fee for every preference point you apply for (limit one per species).
The application period is May 29–June 20, 2013. You must have a current Utah hunting or combination license in order to apply for preference points.
If you are eligible for an antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn permit, you are eligible to apply for a preference point for that hunt.
You cannot apply for both a permit and a preference point for the same species. A preference point will not be issued if you are successful in drawing for the respective permit.
You will not forfeit your preference points if you obtain a permit that remains available after the drawing.
The Division began issuing preference points for antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn in 2006.
How your preference points work in the drawing
In the drawing, the antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn applications are sorted into groups by the number of preference points, from highest to lowest. There's a group for hunters with four preference points, one for hunters with three preference points and so forth. Within each group of preference points, the applications are then sorted from lowest to highest draw numbers. Permits are awarded in order, based on the hunt choice selected.
Preference points are averaged and rounded down when two or more applicants apply as a group. For example, if hunter A with three preference points and hunter B with zero preference points apply as a group, the preference points are averaged (1.5) and rounded down to one. Hunters with one preference point will be considered only after all groups or individuals with two or more preference points and before all groups or individuals with zero preference points.
In a second example, if hunter A with one preference point and hunter B with zero preference points apply as a group, the preference points are averaged (0.5) and rounded down to zero. This group with zero preference points will be considered after all groups or individuals with one or more preference points have been considered.
You may surrender your antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn permit before the season opening date to reinstate your preference points, including a preference point for the current year (just as if a permit had not been drawn).
You cannot apply for an antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn permit or a preference point if you are currently under wildlife license suspension for big game hunting.
Drawing process and refund requests
Antlerless drawing process
Antlerless permits are drawn in the following order:
Beginning July 18, 2013, any remaining permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Youth antlerless drawing process
Utah Code § 23-19-22 and Utah Admin. Rules R657-62-20 & R657-5-4
Twenty percent of the antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn permits are reserved for hunters who will be 18 years of age or younger on Aug. 17, 2013.
If you'll be 18 years of age or younger on Aug. 17, you can participate in the youth drawing in either of the following ways:
You will not be included in the youth drawing if you apply in a group with hunters who are older than 18.
Utah Code § 23-19-38 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-42
The Division rarely issues refunds for licenses or permits, but there are some exceptions. See if you're eligible for a refund.
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