For up-to-date information on the Utah Hunter Mentoring Program, check back often. The page will be updated throughout the year as more information becomes available.
Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 (at the time of the hunt) may participate in the Utah Hunter Mentoring Program if they possess a Utah Hunter Education number and are Utah residents.
The participating minor must be the child, stepchild, legal ward or grandchild of the permit-holding mentor, or the minor must have a life-threatening illness.
An adult who has a big game permit may mentor his or her child, stepchild, legal ward or grandchild. Any adult with a big game permit may mentor a minor with a life-threatening illness, if given written permission by the minor's parents.
Adults must be 21 years or older during the hunt, and do not have to be Utah residents to participate.
All general season, limited entry and once-in-a-lifetime big game permits and all antlerless big game permits are eligible to share.
The minor does not need to possess a hunting or combination license to participate in the program; however, he or she must have a valid Utah Hunter Education number.
In Utah, it is illegal to possess more than one big game permit for antlered animals of the same species. So, if a minor has multiple permits available, the mentor and minor must choose which permit they want the minor to hunt with and surrender the other.
Example 1: A 14-year-old boy with a permit to hunt buck deer cannot share his mother's permit for buck deer until they have surrendered the son's permit. (He cannot possess more than one buck deer permit in a single season.)
Example 2: A 15-year-old girl who has a permit to hunt antlerless deer can keep her permit and also share her father's permit for buck deer. (She can possess both permits because only one is for an antlered animal.)
If a minor wants to surrender a permit so he or she can participate in the Mentoring Program, that surrender will occur as part of the program's application process.
Yes, a mentor can share a once-in-a-lifetime permit with a minor.
To participate in the Utah Hunter Mentoring Program, the mentor must apply (in person or by mail) at a Division of Wildlife Resources office at least 10 business days before he or she wants to begin sharing a permit. Please return to this page in June 2014 for more information on how to apply.
If the shared permit is filled — by either the mentor or minor — the animal must be tagged with the shared 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.
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