Updated: January 5, 2017, 5:02 pm
To join the Dedicated Hunter program, just follow the following steps:
1 Take the required orientation course before placing an application
2 Know the program fees
3 Learn the application process
Is the Dedicated Hunter program a good fit for you and your schedule? There's an easy way to find out. Just take the free online orientation course. We've designed this orientation course to help you become familiar with the Dedicated Hunter program and see if it is right for you.
Everyone who applies to be in the program must take this course. You can finish it in less than 20 minutes.
If you have questions about the orientation course or the application process, please contact us. Please don't wait until the drawing application deadline — 11 p.m. on March 3, 2016 — to take the course, or you may not have time to submit your application.
When you apply to join the Dedicated Hunter program, you'll be charged a nonrefundable $10 application fee. If you are successful in the drawing, you will be charged one of the following fees:
Youth (12 to 17 years old)
Lifetime license holder
The program fee includes your certificate of registration and your annual deer permit fees for all three years. Fee also includes a $5 fee for the Predator Control Program.
Each year, the number of openings in the Dedicated Hunter program will vary from unit to unit. The DWR will hold a drawing to fill those spots. A maximum of 15 percent of the permits for each unit can be given to Dedicated Hunter applicants.
Applications for the Dedicated Hunter program are placed in the big game permit drawing. The application period begins on Jan. 28, 2016 and ends at 11 p.m. on March 3, 2016. If you have questions about the application, please call your local DWR office before 5 p.m. on March 3, 2016.
When you submit your application, you may apply as an individual or in groups of up to four hunters. A group application helps ensure that your group members all get the same unit.
Drawing results are typically available by the end of May each year, and successful applicants will be notified via e-mail. If your name is drawn, the DWR will send you some Dedicated Hunter program information in June.
If your application is unsuccessful, you'll receive a Dedicated Hunter preference point. This point improves your odds of joining the program in a future drawing. Read more about preference points.
There are a few more things you should know about Dedicated Hunter preference points:
For an in-depth look at Dedicated Hunter preference points, see Utah Administrative Rule R657-62-10.
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