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Rules & regulations

These guidebooks contain the information you must know to hunt or fish in Utah. We highly recommend that you either download electronic versions or pick up printed copies. We distribute free printed guidebooks at Division offices and licensing agents.

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Fishing Guidebook

The Utah Fishing Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah.

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Corrections

Page 39: In the rules for specific waters section for Steinaker Reservoir (Uintah County), the entry incorrectly states that the reservoir is closed to the possession of bluegill and green sunfish — and that these species must be immediately released — in effect until Dec. 31, 2020. The statewide limits for these species currently apply at Steinaker Reservoir. The online edition of this guidebook has been updated with this correction.

Emergency changes

Anderson Meadow Reservoir (Beaver County)

A broken gate in the dam prompts this emergency regulation change. The gate is stuck in a partially open position, and this will result in the draining of the reservoir. The gate cannot be fixed until the reservoir completely drains.

This emergency change will provide the public with the opportunity to harvest additional fish before the reservoir is drained.

This change is effective immediately and will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2022. All other rules established in the Utah Fishing Guidebook have not changed and remain in effect.

Garden City Community Fishery (Rich County)

Issues with the inlet canal that delivers water to this community fishery — also known as Garden City Pond — prompt this emergency regulation change. Previous failures in this inlet canal have reduced the inflow of water into the pond and have led to fish kills.

This emergency change will provide the public with the opportunity to harvest additional fish in advance of an anticipated fish kill.

This change is effective immediately and will remain in effect until Sept. 1, 2022. All other rules established in the Utah Fishing Guidebook have not changed and remain in effect.

Spring Lake (Utah County)

Spring Lake is being drained so Payson city officials can make necessary infrastructure repairs.

  • Spring Lake community pond in Utah County: Increase the daily limit for sportfish to eight fish. Common carp do not count toward the daily limit.

The daily limit was initially increased on Jan. 13 with a targeted end date of March 18. However, because the lake has not yet been drained — and still has catchable fish — the new daily limit was extended until July 11, and is now being extended until Dec. 31, 2022.

All other rules established in the Utah Fishing Guidebook have not changed and remain in effect.

Drought-related changes at five waterbodies

These regulation changes are being made as part of a DWR strategy that allows anglers to keep more fish in specific waterbodies in anticipation of low water levels due to drought conditions. (These lakes and reservoirs have a high likelihood of fish die-offs due to anticipated low water levels.)

The following waterbodies have increased daily fish limits, and some waters have size and bait restriction changes:

  • Otter Creek Reservoir (Piute County): Increasing the daily limit to eight trout and six wipers.
  • Minersville Reservoir (Beaver County): Increasing the daily limit to four trout (with no size restrictions) and three wipers. The restriction for using legal bait has also been temporarily removed until Sept. 30.
  • Vernon Reservoir (Tooele County): Increasing the daily limit to eight trout.
  • Yuba Reservoir (Juab County): Increasing the daily limit to a combined total of 20 walleye, wiper, trout (any species), tiger muskie, northern pike and channel catfish (no size restrictions).
  • Fairview Lakes (Sanpete County): Increasing the daily limit to eight trout.

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2022.

All other rules established in the Utah Fishing Guidebook have not changed and remain in effect.

Johnson Reservoir (Sevier County)

The daily bag and possession limit has been increased to four (4) tiger muskellunge, any size.

Johnson Reservoir is being drained so that repairs to the dam can be performed. The Division expects that no fish will survive once the reservoir is drained. The intent of this emergency regulation change is to provide anglers the opportunity to remove an increased number of tiger muskellunge prior to draining. Through this liberalized harvest limit and Division-led salvage efforts, the DWR hopes to remove a significant portion of tiger muskellunge from Johnson Reservoir before the reservoir is drained.

This change is effective June 8, 2022 and will remain in effect until September 30, 2022. All other rules established in the 2022 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Boulger Reservoir (Sanpete County)

The daily bag limit and possession limit for trout has been increased to 16 trout.

Coal mining is scheduled to occur under Boulger Reservoir. The reservoir will be drained this fall and remain empty until mining activities have ceased. Bag and possession limits are being temporarily increased from four trout to 16 trout at this waterbody to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost during draining. Please obey all area closures that may be established by management agencies or the mining company.

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2023. All other rules established in the 2022 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Spring Lake Community Fishery (Payson, Utah)

The daily bag limit and possession limit for sportfish from the community fishery has been increased to 8 fish. (Common carp do not count toward the daily limit.)

The Spring Lake Community Fishery will be drained by Payson City this spring to facilitate repairs to the pond infrastructure. Low water levels are expected to result in the loss of sportfish left unharvested. Please obey all area closures that may be established by the city or construction crews.

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until July 11, 2022. (They supersede the previous emergency changes, which were to expire March 18, 2022.) All other rules established in the 2022 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

Joe Lay Reservoir, Garfield County

  • Limit 8 trout

North Creek, Garfield County

  • North Creek Reservoir upstream to the confluence of the outlets of Lower Barker and Joe Lay reservoirs
  • Limit 8 trout

North Creek Reservoir, Garfield County

  • Limit 8 trout

North Creek is a major tributary of the Escalante River in Garfield County. North Creek and two of its connected lakes — North Creek Reservoir and Joe Lay Reservoir — will be treated with rotenone in summer 2022 in order to remove fertile, nonnative trout. This project is part of an effort to restore native Colorado River cutthroat trout to North Creek upstream of North Creek Reservoir. The following emergency regulation change is proposed to allow anglers to harvest more fish from the system before the treatment.

Sterile brook trout will be stocked in Joe Lay Reservoir in late summer 2022. No other lakes in the drainage will be affected by the project. Management of fisheries in the North Creek Lakes will continue to follow the Boulder Mountain Sport Fish Management Plan.

These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until August 31, 2022. All other rules, established in the 2022 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.

These regulation changes prompted by ongoing drought conditions. The waters identified by these changes are expected to experience low water levels this year and fish loss is expected due to adverse conditions. The intention of these regulation changes are to liberalize harvest and provide anglers the opportunity to harvest additional fish prior to fish loss, if loss occurs.

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Big Game Application Guidebook

The Utah Big Game Application Guidebook provides information and instructions hunters need to know to apply for bucks, bulls and once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

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Corrections

Page 46: The season dates for the Antelope Island premium limited-entry buck deer hunt (DB1002) were listed incorrectly in the table. The correct season dates are Nov. 16–23, 2022 (not Nov. 7–17, 2022, as was listed in the print edition of the guidebook). The online edition of this guidebook has been updated with the correct hunt season dates.

Pages 67–68: In the CWMU buck deer hunt table, a hunt name and number were listed incorrectly. The correct name for the CWMU buck deer hunt is Tunnel Hollow, hunt number DB1340. (Not Lone Tree Tunnel Hollow, hunt number DB1259, as was printed in the guidebook.) The online edition of this guidebook and the Utah Hunt Planner have been updated with this correction.

Pages 70–71: In the CWMU any bull elk hunt table, a hunt name and number were listed incorrectly. The correct name for the CWMU any bull elk hunt is Tunnel Hollow, hunt number EB3614. (Not Lone Tree Tunnel Hollow, hunt number EB3535, as was printed in the guidebook.) The online edition of this guidebook and the Utah Hunt Planner have been updated with this correction.

Page 72: In the CWMU buck pronghorn hunt table, the hunt number for the Allen Ranch Pronghorn CWMU hunt is incorrect. The correct hunt number is PB5325 (not PB3525, as was listed in the printed edition of the guidebook). The online edition of this guidebook has been updated with the correct hunt number.

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Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook

The Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern big game hunting in Utah.

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Corrections

Page 46: One of the exemptions for carrying a rifle or muzzleloader during big game archery hunts has been edited for clarity to include applicable bear and cougar hunts (new information in bold): "Hunters who are licensed to hunt big game species, bear or cougar during rifle or muzzleloader hunts that coincide with the big game archery hunt." The online edition of this guidebook has been updated with this change.

Page 27: In the elk-hunting table at the bottom of the page, an incorrect date is listed for the end of the any bull elk archery season. The correct end date is Sept. 21, 2022 (not Sept. 22, 2022, as was listed in the print edition of the guidebook). The online edition of this guidebook has been updated with the correct date.

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Antlerless Applications

Are you interested in hunting an antlerless big game animal during the 2021 season? Here's the information you'll need in order to apply for a permit.

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Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook

The Utah Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern upland game and turkey hunting in Utah.

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Updates

Pages 12 and 21: An update to the DWR online licensing process for editing permit applications was made after the printed guidebook was distributed. The updated information includes instructions for making changes to an online application:

If you make a mistake in your online permit application, simply go to utah-hunt.com and click the View, Edit and Withdraw button at the bottom of the page. All edits must be made before 11 p.m. MDT on July 20, 2022.

You must have your confirmation number, customer ID and date of birth in order to edit your application. You will not be charged any additional fees, unless you completely withdraw your application.

The online edition of the guidebook has been edited to reflect this update.

Page 13: An update to the DWR process for online group permit applications to hunt greater sage-grouse, sandhill crane and sharp-tailed grouse was made after the printed guidebook was distributed. The updated information includes instructions for online group applications:

Instead of applying as an individual hunter, you and your friends and family can apply as a group for each of the following hunts:

  • Greater sage-grouse
  • Sandhill crane
  • Sharp-tailed grouse

Up to four hunters — including both residents and nonresidents — can apply together for these permits. See wildlife.utah.gov/group-applications for details.

The online edition of the guidebook has been edited to reflect this update.

Page 17: An update to the DWR licensing process for limited-entry turkey permit group online applications was made after the printed guidebook was distributed. The updated information includes instructions for online group applications:

Up to four hunters — including both residents and nonresidents — can apply together by using a group code. See wildlife.utah.gov/group-applications for details. If your group is successful in the drawing, all of the applicants in your group who have valid applications will receive a permit.

The online edition of the guidebook has been edited to reflect this update.

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Waterfowl Guidebook

The Utah Waterfowl Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern waterfowl hunting in Utah.

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Corrections

Page 33: In the printed guidebook, there were date and page number errors in the final paragraph of the first column on page 33. Sept. 17 is the correct date for the youth waterfowl hunts at the Bear River and Ouray refuges, and Oct. 1 is the correct date for the youth waterfowl hunt at Fish Springs. Pages 28-29 should be referenced at the end of the paragraph. The online edition of this guidebook has been updated with these corrections.

Updates

Page 12: An update to the DWR online licensing process for editing permit applications and making group applications was made after the printed guidebook was distributed. The updated information includes information about these new application processes:

If you make a mistake in your online permit application, simply go to utah-hunt.com and click the View, Edit and Withdraw button at the bottom of the page. All edits must be made before 11 p.m. MDT on July 20, 2022.

You must have your confirmation number, customer ID and date of birth in order to edit your application. You will not be charged any additional fees, unless you completely withdraw your application.

Applying as a group: Up to four hunters — including a mix of residents and nonresidents — can apply together for swan permits by using a group code. Visit wildlife.utah.gov/group-applications for more information.

The online edition of the guidebook has been edited to reflect this update.

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Black Bear Guidebook

The Black Bear Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern black bear hunting in Utah.

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Cougar Guidebook

The Utah Cougar Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern hunting and pursuing cougars in Utah. The Utah Wildlife Board approved a new timeframe for the cougar regulatory cycle, which allowed for alignment with the black bear timeframe.

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Corrections

Page 36: Due to a predator management plan order from the DWR Director, the harvest-objective hunt date for the Morgan-South Rich unit (hunt #CG7503) has been changed to 2/21/22 – 6/30/22 (instead of 2/25/22 – 5/31/22, as was in the printed edition of the guidebook). The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Page 37: By emergency order, the DWR is implementing predator management plans allowing for the unlimited harvest of cougar for the following hunting units, which have been removed from the "Harvest-objective hunts" table on page 37 and are now found with updated season dates on the "Harvest-object units with active predator control" table on page 38:

  • Box Elder, Desert (hunt #CG7601), new season dates: 2/1/22 – 6/30/22
  • Chalk Creek (hunt #CG1033), new season dates: 2/1/22 – 6/30/22

The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Page 38: By emergency order, the DWR is implementing predator management plans allowing for the unlimited harvest of cougar for the following hunting units, which have been added to the "Harvest-object units with active predator control" table:

  • Box Elder, Desert (hunt #CG7601), new season dates: 2/1/22 – 6/30/22
  • Chalk Creek (hunt #CG1033), new season dates: 2/1/22 – 6/30/22
  • Morgan-South Rich (hunt #CG7503), season dates: 2/21/22 – 6/30/22

The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Corrections

Page 3: At the direction of the Utah Wildlife Board, cougar spot-and-stalk hunt dates for the 2022–23 season are July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023 (not Aug. 1–Dec. 31, 2022, as was printed in the guidebook). The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Page 7: At the direction of the Utah Wildlife Board, cougar spot-and-stalk hunt dates for the 2022–23 season are July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023 (not Aug. 1–Dec. 31, 2022, as was printed in the guidebook). The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Page 11: At the direction of the Utah Wildlife Board, cougar spot-and-stalk hunt dates for the 2022–23 season are July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023 (not Aug. 1–Dec. 31, 2022, as was printed in the guidebook). The "Spot-and-stalk permits" section should read as follows (correction in bold): "A spot-and-stalk permit, which costs $30, allows you to use any legal weapon to harvest one cougar on any hunting unit July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023." The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Pages 18–19: At the direction of the Utah Wildlife Board, cougar spot-and-stalk hunt dates for the 2022–23 season are July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023 (not Aug. 1–Dec. 31, 2022, as was printed in the guidebook). The "Spot-and-stalk permit" section should read as follows (corrections in bold):

  • "The spot-and-stalk cougar hunt is now an annual hunt in Utah. The 2022–2023 spot-and-stalk cougar hunt has the following rules and restrictions:"
  • "The spot-and-stalk hunting season runs from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Page 36: By emergency order, the DWR is implementing a predator management plan that will allow unlimited cougar harvest in the Morgan-South Rich unit (hunt #CG7503). This unit has been deleted from the "Limited-entry units" table and is now listed in the "Harvest-objective units with active predator management plans" table on page 38 with updated season dates (7/1/22 – 6/30/23). The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Page 37: By emergency order, the DWR is implementing predator management plans that allow unlimited cougar harvest in some units. The following units have been deleted from the "Harvest-objective units" table and are now listed in the "Harvest-objective units with active predator management plans" table on page 38.

  • Box Elder, Desert (hunt #CG7601)
  • Chalk Creek (hunt #CG1033)

The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

Page 38: By emergency order, the DWR is implementing predator management plans that allow unlimited cougar harvest for the following hunting units, which have been added to the "Harvest-object units with active predator control" table:

  • Box Elder, Desert (hunt #CG7601), season dates: 7/1/22 – 6/30/23
  • Chalk Creek (hunt #CG1033), season dates: 7/1/22 – 6/30/23
  • Morgan-South Rich (hunt #CG7503), season dates: 7/1/22 – 6/30/23

The online edition of the guidebook has been updated with this change.

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Furbearer Guidebook

Taking, possessing, selling and purchasing furbearing animals, including bobcats and martens.

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DWR administrative rule governing falconry in Utah

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Collection, Importation & Possession of Amphibians & Reptiles

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Collection, Importation, Transportation & Possession of Animals

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