The Utah Hunter Mentoring Program is a big game hunting program that allows a young person to share a mentor's big game hunting permit. The program is meant to:
Through the program, you can help build the next generation of Utah hunters and teach them to be safe and thoughtful in the field.
The program allows an adult to mentor their child, stepchild, grandchild or legal ward during a hunt by sharing a big game permit. Adults may mentor an unrelated minor only if the minor has a life-threatening illness and has been given written permission by his or her parents.
Eligible permits include general season, limited entry and once-in-a-lifetime big game permits and all antlerless big game permits. To participate, the adult mentor must apply (in person or by mail) for both himself or herself and the participating minor. The mentor must also meet all program requirements.
Qualifying mentors must:
Qualifying minors must:
One permit at a time
In Utah, it's illegal for someone to possess multiple big game permits for an antlered animal of one species. So, a minor cannot possess a big game permit for an antlered animal while sharing a mentor's permit for the same type of antlered animal. The minor also cannot share two mentors' permits for the same species of antlered animal.
A mentor can only share his or her permit with one minor at a time.
In the field
Once a mentor and a minor have been approved for the program, the two share the mentor's big game permit.
While hunting, the mentor and minor must remain close enough to communicate in person, by voice or through hand signals. Using electronic devices, such as
walkie-talkies or cell phones, does not meet this requirement.
Both the adult mentor and minor may carry firearms in the field, and either the mentor or the minor may fill the permit. However, only one animal may be harvested per permit.
If the hunters are successful, they will tag the animal using the shared permit.
After the hunt
If the mentor harvested the animal, the minor may surrender the shared permit and re-apply to be mentored under another big game permit.
Because the mentor is the individual who originally drew the permit, he or she will forfeit any applicable bonus points or preference points. Likewise, any waiting periods will also be applied to the mentor.
Participating in the program
Please check back in June 2014 for more information on how to participate in the program.
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