Updated: February 8, 2016, 12:12 pm
Take a closer look at the rules
These antlerless pages summarize some of Utah’s big game hunting laws and rules.
Under many of the headings on these pages, you’ll see code references — such as Utah Code § 23-20-25 and Utah Administrative Rule R657-5-24 — that are linked to the detailed statute or rule that underpins the summary.
If you have questions about a particular subject, take a minute to click the links and read the rules.You are also welcome to call or visit the nearest Division office.
Field regulations in separate guidebook
All big game field regulations — for both antlered and antlerless animals — are in the 2011 Utah Big Game Field Regulations guidebook. Printed copies will be available from license agents and Division offices in early June.
New elk-control areas
This year, you can use an elk-control permit in two new areas:
East Canyon and Chalk Creek. Learn more about elk-control permits.
Cow moose permits available only on CWMUs
Because Utah’s moose populations are relatively stable, there are only a few cow moose permits available to the public this year. These permits are available only on CWMUs.
Hunt boundaries change from year to year. If you're applying to hunt in a particular area, visit the online map and boundary.
Apply online for depredation hunts
When big game animals cause damage to agricultural crops, the Division may hold hunts that are not currently listed. These hunts are called depredation hunts. They may occur on short notice, involve small areas and are often limited to only a few hunters. To apply for the depredation hunter pool, complete and submit an online application.
Don’t lose your hunting and fishing privileges
If you commit a wildlife violation, you could lose the privilege of hunting and fishing in Utah. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can suspend the license of anyone who knowingly, intentionally or recklessly violates wildlife laws. Your license can be suspended for a wildlife violation if:
You will be notified of any action against your privilege after criminal proceedings conclude. And remember, if your license is suspended in Utah, you may not be permitted to hunt or fish in most other states. (Visit ianrc.org to see a map of participating states.)
Hunting license required
Before you can apply for a 2011 antlerless permit, bonus point or preference point, you must have a valid Utah hunting or combination license. You can purchase a license today or when you apply for an antlerless permit.
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.
Apply for permits online or by phone
If you plan to hunt antlerless big game in Utah this year, you must apply for a permit online or by phone no later than June 21, 2011. There’s an 11 p.m. deadline for online applications and a 6 p.m. deadline for phone applications. Apply online, beginning June 1, or call any Division office.
Opportunity for youth
Twenty percent of the permits for antlerless deer and elk and doe pronghorn have been reserved for hunters 18 or under.
Antlerless elk-control permits
Did you obtain a buck, bull or once-in-a-lifetime permit? If so, you may be eligible to purchase an antlerless elk-control permit.
Harvest reporting and your chance to win prizes
The Division encourages all hunters to voluntarily report the results of their antlerless hunts, even if they don’t harvest an animal. If you participate, you’ll automatically be entered into a prize drawing! Learn more about this opportunity.
Multiple elk permits
You may obtain two elk permits—provided one or both of the permits are antlerless—but you can only apply for or obtain one antlerless elk permit in the drawing. Learn more about this opportunity.
If errors are found in this online antlerless application information, the Division will correct them immediately.
Hunters with disabilities
Utah Admin. Rule R657-12
Utah provides special hunting accommodations for people with disabilities. These accommodations include the opportunity to hunt with a companion, use a crossbow, hunt from a vehicle, use a draw lock and use a scope on archery equipment or a muzzleloader.
Hunters with disabilities may also apply for an extension to their season if they have a 2011 big game hunting permit in their possession and they meet certain criteria.
Learn more about hunting accommodations for people with disabilities. You can also see the administrative rule or call any Division office.
Protection from discrimination
The Division receives federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility, or if you desire further information, please write to:
The Division cannot guarantee access to any private land. If you plan to hunt—or engage in any other wildlife-related activities—on private lands, you must obtain WRITTEN permission from the landowner or the landowner’s authorized representative.
The Division is mostly funded by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and through federal aid made possible by an excise tax on the sale of firearms and other hunting- and fishing-related equipment.
Wildlife crossing structures on Utah highways
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Links to more Utah hunting-related information