Applying for a hunting permit as a group

What hunters should know about group applications

Group applications allow you and your friends and family to apply together. A group application makes it possible for every member of the group to obtain a permit. If the application is not successful, however, then no one in the group will obtain a permit. For more information about group applications, read Utah Admin. Rule R657-62-7 and R657-62-19.

  • To apply as a group, every member of the group must be entered in the same application session. You can't add people to a group once you submit your application. You may, however, withdraw individuals from a group application after it has been submitted. (You can find the withdrawal deadline for a particular drawing in its guidebook.)
  • To determine how many points a group has in the drawing, group members have their points averaged and then rounded down. For example: Suppose two hunters are applying as a group and one member has seven bonus points and the other member has two. Their points will be averaged, 4.5, and then rounded down to four.
  • There are some rare circumstances where a group may be altered automatically if one member draws a limited-entry or once-in-a-lifetime permit during a different phase of the drawing.
  • If you obtain a permit with a group, please be aware that there are special restrictions about returning (surrendering) your permit if you aren't going to use it. Please read Administrative Rule R657-42

Groups with nonresidents

Residents and nonresidents can apply together in a group. However, some hunts may not have enough nonresident permits for your group size which could make your group unsuccessful in the drawing. Consider the following examples:

  1. Your group is made up of one resident and two nonresidents. If there is only one nonresident permit available, your group can't draw the permit unless there are leftover resident permits. That circumstance is extremely rare.
  2. Your group is made up of one resident and one nonresident. There are lots of resident permits and one nonresident permit. Because of the drawing process, the 1 nonresident permit will be issued randomly after the bonus point round. This means that there is almost no chance of this group drawing the permit. Look for a hunt that has at least two nonresident permits.

Youth-only groups

The drawing issues up to 20% of the general-season deer permits specifically to youth who are age 17 or younger on July 31. Up to four youth can apply in youth-only groups and be considered for the reserved 20 percent. Important: When you apply in a youth-only group for the general-season deer hunt, all hunters must meet the age requirement or the application will not be processed with the other youth applications.

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