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Important: This information is about the 2019 antlerless hunt and is provided for reference only. View the latest antlerless application guidebook.

How to obtain a 2019 antlerless permit

Your first, and possibly only, chance to obtain a Utah antlerless permit is through the state's antlerless drawing. To apply for the drawing, you'll need to:

  1. Know what types of antlerless permits are available
  2. Research your hunts using the online Utah Hunt Planner
  3. Know when, where and how to apply for a permit
  4. Know how bonus points and preference points work
  5. Understand the drawing process and refunds

Types of antlerless permits

— Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-20

You can apply for all of the following antlerless permits in the 2019 drawing:

  • One antlerless deer permit (except in areas where two-doe permits are available)
  • One antlerless elk permit (only general season and CWMU permits are available through the drawing)
  • One antlerless moose permit
  • One doe pronghorn permit (except in areas where two-doe permits are available)

If you drew a bull moose permit in the 2019 big game drawing, you may not apply for an antlerless moose permit or bonus point.

If you drew a pronghorn permit in the 2019 big game drawing, you may not apply for a doe pronghorn permit or preference point.

If you don't draw an antlerless permit in 2019, you might still be able to participate in a depredation hunt or obtain a CWMU voucher, an elk-control permit or a private-lands-only permit.

Youth antlerless drawing and applying in a youth-only group (new)

— Utah Code § 23-19-22 and Utah Admin. Rules R657-62-20 & R657-5-4

A full 20% of the antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn permits are reserved for hunters who will be 17 years of age or younger on July 31, 2019.

As an eligible youth, you can participate in the youth drawing for antlerless permits. You can submit an application as an individual hunter or as a member of a youth-only group.

New this year: Starting this year, up to four young hunters can apply together in a youth-only group for Utah’s antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn hunts. This allows youth to hunt antlerless animals in the same unit with siblings, friends and cousins.

When you apply in a youth-only group for antlerless hunts, all hunters must meet the age requirement. You will not be included in the youth drawing if you apply in a group with hunters who are not youth.

When, where and how to apply

— Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-6, R657-62-11, R657-62-12, R657-62-20 & R657-42

May 30: Apply online for permits, bonus points and preference points

Beginning May 30, residents and nonresidents can apply online for permits, bonus points and preference points. You can also apply by calling any DWR office.

To apply for a resident permit, you must be a resident on the date the permit is purchased. July 11, 2019 is considered the purchase date of the permit and the date by which you must establish residency in the state of Utah. (Please see the residency definition to learn whether you qualify as a resident.)

When you submit your application, you'll be charged a nonrefundable $10 application fee for each species, bonus point or preference point you apply for.

Application fees, license fees and any donations you've authorized will be charged to your credit or debit card when you apply. Permit fees will be charged after the drawing, if you are successful.

You can use American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA credit or debit cards as payment, and they must be valid through August 2019. You can also use a pre-paid credit card.

Please keep in mind that the DWR is not responsible for any bank charges incurred for the use of credit or debit cards. To change the credit or debit card associated with your application, call 1-800-221-0659.

You will not be charged a permit fee unless you draw a permit.

Applying as a group

— Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-7

Instead of applying as an individual hunter, you and your friends and family can apply together as a group. Here's what you need to know:

1. Everyone in the group must apply during the same online session — you cannot add group members at a later date.

2. Both residents and nonresidents can apply together. (However, if you're a Utah resident and you decide to apply with a nonresident, make sure nonresident permits are available for each hunt your group is applying for.) If permits are not available for everyone in your group, the entire group will not be allowed to draw for that hunt unit.

3. Up to four hunters can apply together for antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn permits.

4. New this year: Youth may now apply together in youth-only groups. If you are a youth who wants an opportunity to draw from the 20% of antlerless permits reserved for youth, you must either apply as an individual hunter or as part of a youth-only group. See additional details.

5. When you apply, all fees for all applicants in your group must be charged to one credit or debit card.

If your group is successful in the drawing, all of the applicants in your group who have valid applications will receive a permit.

June 20: Deadline for permit applications, bonus points and preference points

Applications for antlerless hunting permits, bonus points and preference points must be submitted online no later than 11 p.m. MDT on June 20, 2019.

Please remember that you must have a hunting license or a combination license to apply for permits and points. If you don't already have one of these licenses, you can buy one online when you apply.

If you need help with your online application, please call any DWR office before 5 p.m. MDT on June 20, 2019. A DWR employee will be available to help you.

June 20: Deadline to withdraw and resubmit your application

Did you make a mistake in your online permit application? Simply withdraw your original online application and submit a new, correct application before 11 p.m. MDT on June 20, 2019.

You must have your confirmation number, your customer ID and your date of birth in order to withdraw your application. For each new application you submit, you will be charged a $10 application fee.

If you need help with your online application, please call any DWR office before 5 p.m. MDT on June 20, 2019.

June 20: Deadline to withdraw your application

If you decide not to hunt, you can withdraw your online permit application until 11 p.m. MDT on June 20, 2019.

Please remember that the fees you submitted with your application are not refundable.

July 11: Antlerless drawing results available

You'll be emailed your drawing results on or before July 11. Starting July 11, you can also see your drawing results online or call 1-800-221-0659 to obtain them.

If you draw a permit, you'll receive your permit in the mail in August.

Please be aware that if you receive your permit, and then the credit card you used for payment is refused, your permit becomes invalid and you may not participate in the antlerless hunt. If this happens, please call 1-800-221-0659 to resolve the problem.

Multiple elk permits

— Utah Code § 23-19-22 and Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-20 & R657-5-33

In 2019, a hunter can again obtain up to three elk permits in Utah, with the following limitations:

  • A maximum of one permit can be for a bull elk.
  • A maximum of one antlerless elk permit can be obtained through the antlerless drawing.
  • A maximum of two antlerless elk permits can be obtained over the counter. These might include antlerless elk-control permits, private-lands-only permits, mitigation and CWMU vouchers or any permits that remain available after the antlerless drawing.

For the purposes of obtaining multiple elk permits, an archery elk permit (hunter's choice) is considered a bull elk permit. Likewise, a general-season archery elk permit is also considered a bull elk permit. Antlerless elk-control or private-lands-only permits are considered antlerless permits.

If you obtain two antlerless elk permits for the same area — but the permits are for different seasons — you may harvest both elk during the same season as long as you use the appropriate weapon type.

And don’t forget: you may harvest an antlerless elk while hunting general-season buck deer or bull elk, as long as your permits are for the same area and you use the weapon type listed on your general-season permit.

All general-season bull elk permits will be available starting July 16, 2019 at 8 a.m. MDT. For additional details, see page 24–25 of the 2019 Big Game Field Regulations Guidebook.

Beginning July 23, 2019, eligible hunters may purchase additional antlerless elk permits that remain available after the drawing. See the list of remaining permits. The permits will be available online on a first-come, first-served basis and from license agents and DWR offices.

July 23: Antlerless permits available

Antlerless elk-control permits and any antlerless permits remaining after the antlerless drawing may be obtained online beginning at 8 a.m. MDT on July 23, 2019. You may also visit license agents and DWR offices to purchase one of these permits.

Note: License agents' business hours will vary; you should contact the agent you plan to visit before July 23 to learn when they're open for business.

Remaining permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must have a valid hunting or combination license.

July 23: Private-lands-only permits available

Private-lands-only permits to hunt antlerless elk will be available beginning July 23 at 8 a.m. MDT. You can buy the permits online and at license agent locations and DWR offices. We strongly encourage you to obtain written permission to hunt on private land before purchasing or using one of these permits.

Other types of permits
Antlerless elk-control permits

— Utah Administrative Rule R657-5-33

If you obtained a permit (including general season) to harvest a buck, bull or once-in-a-lifetime species on any of the units listed on the elk-control permit page (not including CWMUs), you have the option of purchasing an antlerless elk-control permit.

The elk-control permit allows you to harvest an antlerless elk in the same unit where you’ll already be hunting a buck, bull or once-in-a-lifetime animal. You may hunt the antlerless elk only during the season dates — and with the same weapon — listed on your buck, bull or once-in-a-lifetime permit.

Note: During the 2019 season, there will not be any antlerless elk-control hunts on spike bull elk hunting units.

For more information about antlerless elk-control permits, visit the elk-control permit page.

Waiting periods

— Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-20

Waiting periods keep successful applicants out of the drawing for a few years. This gives unsuccessful applicants a better chance at drawing a permit in the future. The antlerless moose hunt is the only antlerless hunt with a waiting period.

Antlerless moose

The waiting period for antlerless moose is five years.

Bonus points and preference points

Bonus points

— Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-8

In the antlerless drawing, bonus points apply to antlerless moose only. A bonus point is awarded for each unsuccessful application to hunt antlerless moose.

If you decide not to apply for an antlerless moose permit, you may still apply for an antlerless moose bonus point.

You may apply for an antlerless moose bonus point by selecting the appropriate hunt choice code (ANM) on the application and paying the $10 application fee.

You must have a current Utah hunting or combination license in order to apply for an antlerless moose bonus point.

You cannot apply for a hunt or receive a bonus point if either of the following conditions apply:
  • You are currently under wildlife license suspension for big game hunting.
  • You are currently under a waiting period for the species you want to hunt.

The DWR began issuing bonus points for antlerless moose in 2006.

How your bonus points work in the drawing

Fifty percent (rounded down) of the permits for each hunt unit number are reserved for applicants with the most bonus points.

You receive one random drawing number for your antlerless moose application and one for every bonus point you have for antlerless moose. Your lowest random number is used in the drawing.

In the drawing for antlerless moose, applications are sorted into groups by the number of bonus points, from highest to lowest. There's a group for hunters with three bonus points, one for hunters with two bonus points and so forth. Applications are sorted from lowest to highest draw number, and permits are awarded in order.

You may surrender an antlerless moose permit before the season opening date to waive the waiting period and reinstate your bonus points, including a bonus point for the current year (just as if a permit had not been drawn).

Preference points

— Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-9

Preference points are used to ensure that applicants who are unsuccessful, or who apply for a preference point in the drawing for antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn, will have first preference in the next year's drawing for the respective permits.

If you do not want to hunt antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn in the current year, you may apply for a preference point by inserting the appropriate hunt choice code on the application. You will be charged a $10 application fee for every preference point you apply for (limit one per species).

The application period is May 30-June 20, 2019. You must have a current Utah hunting or combination license in order to apply for preference points.

If you are eligible for an antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn permit, you are eligible to apply for a preference point for that hunt.

You cannot apply for both a permit and a preference point for the same species. A preference point will not be issued if you are successful in drawing for the respective permit.

You will not forfeit your preference points if you obtain a permit that remains available after the drawing.

The DWR began issuing preference points for antlerless deer, antlerless elk and doe pronghorn in 2006.

How your preference points work in the drawing

Starting with the highest point level, the drawing looks at the hunter's first choice. If a permit is available for the hunt, the permit is awarded. (In the case of a group application, permits are awarded if there are enough permits for the people in the group.) If permits are not available, the application is skipped, and the first choice of the next person is considered. After all first choices have been considered at that preference point level, the drawing will look at the first choices of hunters at the next-highest preference point level. After all the applicants’ first choices have been considered, the drawing will look at everyone’s second choices. This process continues in the same way for third, fourth and fifth choices. If you draw a antlerless permit — regardless of whether it was your first, second, third, fourth or fifth choice — you will lose all of your preference points.

Preference points are averaged and rounded down when two or more applicants apply as a group. For example, if hunter A with three preference points and hunter B with zero preference points apply as a group, the preference points are averaged (1.5) and rounded down to one. Hunters with one preference point will be considered only after all groups or individuals with two or more preference points and before all groups or individuals with zero preference points.

In a second example, if hunter A with one preference point and hunter B with zero preference points apply as a group, the preference points are averaged (0.5) and rounded down to zero. This group with zero preference points will be considered after all groups or individuals with one or more preference points have been considered.

You may surrender your antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn permit before the season opening date to reinstate your preference points, including a preference point for the current year (just as if a permit had not been drawn).

You cannot apply for an antlerless deer, antlerless elk or doe pronghorn permit or a preference point if you are currently under wildlife license suspension for big game hunting.

Drawing process and refund requests

Antlerless drawing process

— Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-20

Antlerless permits are drawn in the following order:

  1. Antlerless moose
  2. Youth elk
  3. Antlerless elk
  4. Youth deer
  5. Antlerless deer
  6. Youth pronghorn
  7. Doe pronghorn

Beginning July 23, 2019, any remaining antlerless permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Permit refunds

— Utah Code § 23-19-38 and Utah Administrative Rule R657-42

The DWR rarely issues refunds for licenses or permits, but there are some exceptions. See if you're eligible for a refund.

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