Big game animals
Information about hunting big game species in Utah
Download the Utah DWR Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook to learn more about the rules for hunting big game in Utah.
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— Important changes and corrections made after the guidebook was printed.
Page 29: In the "Multi-season general spike bull elk hunt," the "Archery season" bullet point explains that you may use archery equipment to take an antlerless elk or spike bull elk on a general-season spike unit and only a spike bull on the Book Cliffs unit. The guidebook has been updated to clarify that you may also take any bull elk on any bull unit between Aug. 19 and Sept. 20.
Page 21: The "Changes to trail camera and night-vision device rules for 2023" informational box was updated to include the full Utah code and administrative rules citations that now apply: Utah code § 23A-5-307 and Utah Admin. Rules R657-5-7, R657-33-9 and R657-10-9. Additionally, the content was edited to clarify that the rule regarding the sale or purchase of trail camera (or other non-handheld device) media for the take, or attempted take, of protected wildlife was a 2022 Utah Wildlife Board decision.
The digital edition of this guidebook has been updated with these changes.
License and permit fee changes July 1, 2023: The Utah Legislature approved several proposed changes to Utah's fishing and hunting license and permit fees, which went into effect on July 1, 2023. Please see the full list of license and permit fee changes that now apply since this guidebook was published.
This is the first fee increase for Utah residents since 2014. The DWR is currently 92% self-funded through license and permit fees, and receives only limited funding from the state's General Fund, which is appropriated for specific issues that impact all Utahns. Note: If you drew a hunting permit prior to June 30, 2023, you will not be charged the new permit fee.