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Sportsman permits

Apply for Utah's most prized hunting permits.

Important: The sportsman hunts are only open to Utah residents.

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.

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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  Bison  Mountain goat  Black bear  Cougar  Wild turkey

*All sportsman permits exclude Antelope Island and may exclude other units. Any exclusions will be listed on the permit.

The details

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Utah Administrative Rules governing sportsman permits: R657-41, R657-42 and R657-62-24

October 21, 2020: Online application period begins

The application period for sportsman permits opens on Oct. 21, 2020. Utah residents can apply for a permit online or by calling any Division office.

To apply for a 2021 sportsman permit, you must be at least 11 years old. For cougar hunters, you must turn 12 years old by Dec. 31, 2020 to apply. Important: You must turn 12 before you can hunt big game. (Note: There are no age restrictions for turkey.)

You must also be a Utah resident on Nov. 18, 2020. Please see the resident definition in Utah code (scroll down the page to item 41) 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 combination license, you can purchase one online or obtain one during the application process.

November 10, 2020: Application deadline

You must apply online or by phone no later than Nov. 10, 2020. There's an 11 p.m. deadline for online applications and a 5 p.m. deadline for phone applications. To apply, simply visit our application website or call any Division office.

November 10, 2020: Deadline for withdrawing your application

If you decide not to hunt, you may withdraw your online permit application at no cost until 11 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2020. Remember that the $10 application fee is charged for each species you apply for and is not refundable.

November 18, 2020: Drawing results available

You'll be notified of your drawing results by e-mail on or before Nov. 18, 2020. You can also get the drawing results online or by calling 1-800-221-0659.

Sportsman permit fees

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.

 Sportsman permits  Fees
Resident black bear $83.00
Resident buck deer $168.00
Resident buck pronghorn $55.00
Resident bull elk $513.00
Resident bull moose $413.00
Resident cougar $58.00
Resident desert bighorn sheep $513.00
Resident hunter choice bison $413.00
Resident mountain goat $413.00
Resident Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep $513.00
Resident wild turkey $35.00

Waiting periods

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.

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