Lifetime fishing and hunting licenses
Lifetime licenses initially became available on March 28, 1984. A lifetime license holder can fish and hunt in Utah without having to purchase an annual hunting, fishing or combination license. Additionally, upon completing an annual questionnaire, lifetime license holders also receive a general-season deer permit at no additional charge.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stopped issuing lifetime licenses in 1994.
The DWR offers various licenses for hunters and anglers with disabilities, many of which don't expire. These include lifetime fishing licenses for those with physical and intellectual disabilities, discounted licenses for disabled veterans and a variety of field, equipment and season accommodations for hunters with disabilities. For more information about these opportunities, please visit Accessible wildlife for people with disabilities.
Completing your lifetime questionnaire
You can access the questionnaire during the big game application period. Here's how to do it:
- Go to www.utah-hunt.com.
- Select the big game application.
- Enter your lifetime license number and your date of birth.
- Make your selection and proceed all the way through the Review and Submit portions of the application. You will not be charged an application fee for your questionnaire.
I am also a Dedicated Hunter. Do I still need to complete a questionnaire?
Answer: If you are both a lifetime license holder and a Dedicated Hunter, you do not need to submit a lifetime questionnaire this year. Your unit choice must be made according to the Dedicated Hunter program rules.
Can I apply for a limited-entry permit in the big game drawing?
Answer: Yes, you may apply for a limited-entry permit in the big game drawing. If you draw a premium limited-entry, limited-entry or cooperative wildlife management unit buck deer permit, you will not receive a general-season deer permit. If you do not draw a premium limited-entry, limited-entry or CWMU buck deer permit, you will receive the general-season permit you requested on the lifetime questionnaire.
What happens if I move out of Utah?
Answer: Your lifetime hunting and fishing license remains valid, even if you move to another state or country. Just remember that if your residency changes, you must contact the DWR within 60 days of the change. The DWR will then issue you a new license that shows your change of address.
I can't find my lifetime license. What should I do?
Answer: If your lifetime hunting and fishing license is lost or stolen, you can obtain a duplicate by contacting any DWR office.
Can I apply as part of a group in the general deer drawing?
Answer: Yes, but if you apply as part of a group, you will be charged an application fee, and you might be unsuccessful in obtaining a general-season deer permit this year. You can also apply for preference points. However, if you apply in the drawing for either a general deer permit or a preference point, you will forego the opportunity to obtain your usual permit this year.
Where can I find out more about obtaining licenses and accommodations for hunters and anglers with disabilities?
Answer: For information about lifetime licenses for anglers with disabilities, discounted licenses for disabled veterans and accommodation applications for hunters with disabilities, please visit the Accessible wildlife for people with disabilities page.
For more information, read the full text of the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License administrative rule.