There are some basic differences between a hunting license and a hunting permit. Here's a closer look at both and how you can obtain them in Utah.

When do you need a license?

If you plan to hunt game animals in Utah, you must have a hunting license. There are two main types of hunting licenses:

How do you obtain a license?

You can purchase both types of licenses online, and they are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.

When do you need a permit?

You need a separate hunting permit for the following species: bear, bighorn sheep, bison, bobcat, cougar, deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, Rocky Mountain goat, sage-grouse, sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, swan and turkey.

How do you obtain a permit?

First, take a look at the hunting guidebook for the species you want to hunt. It will indicate whether you should apply for a permit in the state's hunt drawing. (Learn more about Utah's permit drawings, bonus and preference points and applying for a permit with a group.) Not all permits are offered in a drawing, and sometimes, there are a few permits available after the drawing. For one of these permits, you can choose to buy a permit online, visit your local DWR office or visit a retail sales outlet.