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Upland game youth and beginner hunts

Each fall, the DWR organizes upland game hunts for youth and beginning hunters who either graduate from Hunter Education or participate in Utah's Trial Hunting Program. Upcoming hunt details and registration links are given below.

Only youth 17 years old or younger may register for youth hunts (see page 14 of the Utah Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook for more information). Youth and beginning hunters of all ages may register for beginner hunts.

Besides those listed in the guidebook, there may be additional youth and beginner hunts offered in areas across the state. Once they are scheduled, those opportunities will be listed below.

Youth hunters are also permitted to hunt all regular seasons open to adults.

Statewide youth-only seasons
  • Pheasant: Oct. 30–Nov. 4, 2021
  • California and Gambel's quail: Oct. 30–Nov. 1, 2021
  • Wild turkey youth hunt (general-season permit): April 29–May 1, 2022

Pheasant hunts

Desert Lake Youth Pheasant Hunt - Emery County
Desert Lake Youth Pheasant Hunt - Emery County

Calling all youth hunters! Join us for a guided pheasant hunt during the statewide youth-only pheasant hunt.

Register

Location

Desert Lake Waterfowl Management Area
South Desert Lake Dr.
Elmo, UT 84521

Date & time

Saturday, Oct. 30
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About this event

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is hosting a pheasant hunt for youth at the Desert Lake Waterfowl Management Area during the statewide youth-only pheasant hunt season (Oct. 3–Nov. 4, 2021). Birds and hunting dogs will be provided for this hunt so that novice youth hunters will have an increased opportunity to successfully harvest pheasants.

Requirements:

  • Youth participants must be 17 years of age or younger on July 31, 2021.
  • The hunt is limited to 15 youth hunters. Hunters must register in advance to attend.
  • Youth hunters must verify they have completed hunter education or have a trial hunting program number, as well as a valid hunting or combination license.
  • Participants have a parent or guardian at least 21 years old accompany them.
  • All participants (including observers) must have a ticket and agree to the online waiver.

What to expect:

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled hunt to check in, attend the safety briefing and disperse before shooting begins.
  • The hunt will start at 9 a.m. (arrive by 8:30) on Oct. 30, 2021.
  • Everyone going afield, youth or adults, must wear hunter orange on their head and body.
  • Participants are expected to bring their own firearms, ammunition and safety equipment.
  • Please review —and download to your phone — the 2021–22 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook for bag and possession limits.
  • Steel shot is required at Desert Lake WMA.
  • All participants must have a ticket and sign the waiver form provided. This includes adults attending to supervise youth, observers/helpers staying at the event to provide transportation, dog handlers and all youth who will be hunting. No one will be permitted at the event unless they have a ticket and have agreed to the online waiver.
  • We welcome your feedback! Supervising adults will be emailed a survey within a week after your hunt occurs. Please check your emails the week following the hunt to provide your much-appreciated feedback.

Note: Dogs will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own hunting dogs if desired. Do not bring dogs that are not well-trained for upland game hunting. If dogs create an unsafe or poor hunting environment, they must be restrained or removed from the location by their handler.

Directions:

From the town of Price, take state Route 10 south to state Route 155 towards Elmo (this turnoff is about 11 miles south of the U.S. Highway 191 interchange in Price). Continue on for two miles, then bear left on W. Elmo Rd. In Elmo, turn right on Center St. for one block, then left on Main St.; continue for one mile. Turn right on S. Desert Lake Dr. and continue for one mile to the Desert Lake WMA kiosk. Signs will direct you to the meeting point.

COVID-19:

DWR's goal is to keep our staff and the public safe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing and following all restrictions and recommendations from state and local health officials. We encourage you to do the same, and to practice social distancing and responsible recreation during any outdoor adventures. Per CDC guidelines, we recommend that participants wear face masks during this event at times when social distancing is not possible.


Cedar City Beginner Pheasant Hunt
Cedar City Beginner Pheasant Hunt

Calling all novice hunters! Grab your shotgun, wear your orange and join us for a fun fall day hunting pheasants.

Register

Location

C-A-L Ranch Stores
750 S. Main St.
Cedar City, UT 84720

Date & time

Saturday, Nov. 6
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About this event

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife are offering a free pheasant hunt for beginner hunters on private property near Cedar City, Utah. SFW is providing the birds so that novice hunters will have an increased opportunity to successfully harvest pheasants.

Requirements:

  • Participants must be 17 years of age or younger, or be a novice hunter with three years or less of hunting experience.
  • The hunt is limited to 70 hunters (35 per session). Hunters must register in advance to attend.
  • Hunters must verify they have completed hunter education or have a trial hunting program number, as well as a valid hunting or combination license.
  • All participants (including observers) must have a ticket and agree to the online waiver.

What to expect:

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled hunt to attend the safety briefing and disperse before shooting begins. The hunt leader will take you to the hunting location.
  • The morning session will start at 8 a.m. (arrive by 7:30) and the afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. (arrive by 12:30 p.m.).
  • Everyone going afield, youth or adults, must wear hunter orange on their head and body.
  • All participants must have a ticket and sign the waiver form provided. This includes adults attending to supervise youth, observers/helpers staying at the event to provide transportation, dog handlers and all beginners who will be hunting. No one will be permitted at the event unless they have a ticket and have agreed to the online waiver.
  • Please review — and download to your phone — the 2021–22 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook for bag and possession limits. wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks/2021-22_upland_turkey.pdf
  • We welcome your feedback! Supervising adults and adult participants will be emailed a survey within a week after your hunt occurs. Please check your emails the week following the hunt to provide your much-appreciated feedback.

Note: Do not bring dogs that are not well-trained for upland game hunting. If dogs create an unsafe or poor hunting environment, they must be restrained or removed from the location by their handler.

Directions:

Take I-15 to the South Cedar exit (exit 57). At the end of the offramp, turn east on Main Street. Continue northeast on Main Street to the meeting location at 750 S. Main St., Cedar City, UT.

Visit the link to see the location on a map:

https://goo.gl/maps/uobkMnB2Yx35tJhW7

DWR's goal is to keep our staff and the public safe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing and following all restrictions and recommendations from state and local health officials. We encourage you to do the same, and to practice social distancing and responsible recreation during any outdoor adventures. We also recommend that participants wear face masks during this event at times when social distancing is not possible.


Pahvant Beginner Pheasant Hunt
Pahvant Beginner Pheasant Hunt

Calling all novice hunters! Grab your shotgun, wear your orange and join us for a fun fall day hunting pheasants.

Register

Location

Pahvant Wildlife Management Area
W. 4700 North
Between mile marker 10 and 11
Fillmore, UT 84631

Date & time

Saturday, Nov. 13
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About this event

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife are offering a free pheasant hunt for beginner hunters on the Pahvant Wildlife Management Area near Fillmore, Utah. SFW is providing the birds so that novice hunters will have an increased opportunity to successfully harvest pheasants.

Requirements:

  • Participants must be 17 years of age or younger, or be a novice hunter with three years or less of hunting experience.
  • The hunt is limited to 100 hunters (50 per session). Hunters must register in advance to attend.
  • Hunters must verify they have completed hunter education or have a trial hunting program number, as well as a valid hunting or combination license.
  • All participants (including observers) must have a ticket and agree to the online waiver.

What to expect:

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled hunt to attend the safety briefing and disperse before shooting begins. The hunt leader will take you to the hunting location.
  • The morning session will start at 8 a.m. (arrive by 7:30) and the afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. (arrive by 12:30 p.m.).
  • Everyone going afield, youth or adults, must wear hunter orange on their head and body.
  • All participants must have a ticket and sign the waiver form provided. This includes adults attending to supervise youth, observers/helpers staying at the event to provide transportation, dog handlers and all youth who will be hunting. No one will be permitted at the event unless they have a ticket and have agreed to the online waiver.
  • Please review —and download to your phone — the 2021–2022 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook for bag and possession limits. wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks/2021-22_upland_turkey.pdf
  • We welcome your feedback! Supervising adults and adult participants will be emailed a survey within a week after your hunt occurs. Please check your emails the week following the hunt to provide your much-appreciated feedback.

Note: Do not bring dogs that are not well-trained for upland game hunting. If dogs create an unsafe or poor hunting environment, they must be restrained or removed from the location by their handler.

Directions:

From the south: Take I-15 north to Fillmore. Take the South Fillmore exit (163) and turn west on W. 850 South. Continue west for about 12 miles, then turn right (north) on 2800 West. Continue north; 2800 West becomes state Highway 100. Turn east on W. 4700 North between mile marker 10 and 11; continue to the top of the hill.

From the north: Take I-15 South to Holden. Take the North Holden Exit (178) and Turn West, staying on Highway 50 (You have to take a right just before Holden to stay on Hwy 50). Turn South on Highway 100. Turn East between Mile Marker 10 and 11 - to the top of the hill.

The link below will show where the WMA is located:

https://goo.gl/maps/EtucsFvM18eND1zV6

COVID-19:

DWR's goal is to keep our staff and the public safe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing and following all restrictions and recommendations from state and local health officials. We encourage you to do the same, and to practice social distancing and responsible recreation during any outdoor adventures. We also recommend that participants wear face masks during this event at times when social distancing is not possible.


Annabella Youth Pheasant Hunt
Annabella Youth Pheasant Hunt

Calling all youth hunters! Grab your shotgun, wear your orange and join us for a fun fall day hunting pheasants.

Register

Location

Annabella Wildlife Management Area
700 N. Nebeker Ln.
Annabella, UT 84711

Date & time

Saturday, Nov. 13
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About this event

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife are offering a free youth pheasant hunt on the Annabella Wildlife Management Area. SFW is providing the birds so that novice youth hunters will have an increased opportunity to successfully harvest pheasants.

Requirements:

  • Youth participants must be 17 years of age or younger to attend.
  • The hunt is limited to 40 youth hunters (20 per session). Hunters must register in advance to attend.
  • Youth hunters must verify they have completed hunter education or have a trial hunting program number, as well as a valid hunting or combination license.
  • All participants (including observers) must have a ticket and agree to the online waiver.

What to expect:

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled hunt to check in, attend the safety briefing, pick up prize drawing tickets, practice shooting clay pigeons and disperse before shooting begins. The hunt leader (Jason Aiken) will take you to the hunting location.
  • The morning session will start at 8 a.m. (arrive by 7:30) and the afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. (arrive by 12:30 p.m.).
  • Everyone going afield, youth or adults, must wear hunter orange on their head and body.
  • Participants are expected to bring their own firearms, ammunition and safety equipment for practice and the hunt.
  • Free lunch will be provided at noon for both sessions, so please bring a camp chair.
  • All participants must have a ticket and sign the waiver form provided. This includes adults attending to supervise youth, observers/helpers staying at the event to provide transportation, dog handlers and all youth who will be hunting. No one will be permitted at the event unless they have a ticket and have agreed to the online waiver.
  • Please review — and download to your phone — the 2021–22 Utah Upland Game & Turkey Guidebook for bag and possession limits. wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks/2021-22_upland_turkey.pdf
  • We welcome your feedback! Supervising adults and adult participants will be emailed a survey within a week after your hunt occurs. Please check your emails the week following the hunt to provide your much-appreciated feedback.

Note: Do not bring dogs that are not well-trained for upland game hunting. If dogs create an unsafe or poor hunting environment, they must be restrained or removed from the location by their handler.

Driving Directions:

From the South: Start North on I-15. Turn onto I-70 (exit 132), heading east toward Richfield/Denver. Take exit 31 toward Elsinore. Turn right onto Main Street. Just east of town, take a right at the fork. Continue on this road (Central Blvd) as it curves north through the town of Central Valley. Take a right onto 700 N/Nebeker Lane. If you get to 1200 E, you’ve gone too far.

From the North: Start South on I-15. Take exit 188, toward Scipio. Turn left onto 400 N. Turn right onto State St/US-50 E. Turn right onto UT-260. Turn right onto UT-24. Continue onto UT 118. Left onto Elk Horn Rd. Next right onto 1150 E. Left onto Annabella Rd . Turn right onto 700 N/Nebeker Lane. If you get to Main St, you’ve gone too far.

The link below will show where the WMA is located:

https://goo.gl/maEbvmPqPxq289wEfXAps/

COVID-19:

DWR's goal is to keep our staff and the public safe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing and following all restrictions and recommendations from state and local health officials. We encourage you to do the same, and to practice social distancing and responsible recreation during any outdoor adventures. We also recommend that participants wear face masks during this event at times when social distancing is not possible.


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