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Big Game Application Guidebook

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Information about hunting big game species in Utah

Big Game Application Guidebook

Big Game Application Guidebook

Download the Utah DWR Big Game Application Guidebook to learn more about applying for a Utah big game permit.

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Page 70: In the CWMU buck deer hunt table, one Little Red Creek (DB1258) public permit was listed in error. There is no public permit available on that CWMU for 2024, and that hunt has been deleted in the online edition of this guidebook.

Big game field regulations

Big Game Field Regulations

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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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.

Antlerless Guidebook

Antlerless Application

View online resources for the antlerless hunt to learn more about applying for a Utah antlerless permit.

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Hunt planner

Hunt drawing results and drawing odds

Important dates

Antler gathering ethics course

Landowner associations and permits

Depredation hunts

Dedicated Hunter Program

Bison orientation course

Management buck deer orientation course

Mountain goat orientation course

Extended archery seasons and ethics course

  • Bow hunters planning to hunt the extended hunts must complete an online course covering the special considerations of hunting in these high-use areas.

Cooperative Wildlife Management Units (CWMUs)

Chronic wasting disease

Currently available hunting permits

Remaining permits

Report harvest information and see harvest data

Big game annual reports

Statewide big game management plans

Walk-In Access

Conservation Permit Program

Utah's Trial Hunting Program

Utah Hunter Mentoring Program

Other big game information

Quick links
Hunter Education: Sign up for classes
» Hunter Education
Lee Kay and Cache Valley Shooting Centers
» Shooting centers
Wildlife Blog: Views from DWR employees
» Wildlife Blog
Report poachers — 1-800-662-3337
» Report poachers
Wildlife dates
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