Updated: May 31, 2016, 2:56 pm
Only one sportsman permit per species is awarded each year, but success in the drawing means the hunt of a lifetime. Long season dates and the ability to hunt almost every Utah hunting unit* make these permits the most prized permits offered to Utah's public hunters.
You may apply for as many or as few species as you wish. Each species will incur a $10 application fee. Applicants cannot earn or use bonus points in the sportsman drawings. Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits.
One sportsman permit is offered each year for each of the following species:
Buck deer •
Buck pronghorn •
Bull elk •
Bull moose •
Desert bighorn sheep •
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep •
Mountain goat •
Black bear •
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*All sportsman permits exclude Antelope Island.
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Utah Administrative Rules governing sportsman permits: R657-41, R657-42 and R657-62-45
Utah residents can apply for a permit online or by calling any Division office.
To apply for a 2016 sportsman's permit, you must be at least 12 years old by Dec. 31, 2016. Note: If you're 11 years, you can apply if you'll be 12 by Dec. 31, 2016, but you must be 12 years old to hunt. You must also be a Utah resident on Nov. 23, 2016. Please see the resident definition to learn whether you qualify as a resident.
When you apply, a $10 nonrefundable application fee will be charged for each species you choose. You will not be charged for a permit unless you're successful in drawing one. A valid Utah hunting or combination license is required to apply. If you don't already own a current hunting or combinations license, you can purchase one online.
You must apply online or by phone no later than Nov. 16, 2016. There's an 11 p.m. deadline for online applications and a 5 p.m. deadline for phone applications. To apply, simply visit wildlife.utah.gov or call any Division office.
If you decide not to hunt, you may withdraw your online permit application at no cost until 11 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2016. Remember that the $10 application fee is charged for each species you apply for and is not refundable.
You'll be notified of your drawing results by e-mail. You can also get the drawing results online or by calling 1-800-221-0659.
The following fees apply only to those who successfully draw a permit. All applicants will be charged a $10 non-refundable application fee for each species application.
You may apply for a sportsman deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or cougar permit, even if you are on a waiting period for that species. Likewise, you will not be given a waiting period if you draw a sportsman deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or cougar permit.
You may not apply for a sportsman bison, bull moose, desert bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep or Mountain goat permit if you have already used your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for that species. If you draw a sportsman permit for one of these once-in-a-lifetime permit species, you will not be able to apply for that species again.