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Apply for a big game hunting permit

Web page available to help you apply for a deer permit

If you're among the thousands of hunters who enjoy hunting big game animals in Utah, it's time to get ready for this fall. The hunts are months away, but the time to apply for a permit is almost here.

Applications to hunt deer and other big game animals in Utah will be accepted starting Jan. 30.

Applications to hunt deer and other big game animals in Utah will be accepted starting Jan. 30.

Photo by Brent Stettler

Applications to hunt big game animals in Utah will be accepted starting Jan. 30.

Get a free guidebook

Everything you need to know to apply for a permit is available in the 2014 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook.

You can download the free guidebook, or get a paper copy at Division of Wildlife Resources offices and from more than 300 hunting and fishing license agents across Utah.

Applications will be accepted starting Jan. 30.

Your application must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. on March 6 to be entered in the draw for permits.

If you have questions or need help completing your application, call any DWR office before 5 p.m. on March 6.

Results of the 2014 Utah big game draw will be available on or before May 30.

Starting Jan. 30, applications will be accepted for every hunt except the general-season bull elk hunt. General-season elk permits will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting July 10.

Hunt all three deer seasons

Would you like to hunt all three general deer hunting seasons (archery, muzzleloader and rifle) on the unit you draw a permit for?

You can if you join the Dedicated Hunter program.

To give yourself a chance to join the Dedicated Hunter program, you must do two things: Complete an online orientation course that teaches you more about the program, and apply for and draw a 2014 general deer hunting permit.

(The online Dedicated Hunter course takes about 30 minutes to complete.)

To learn more about the program and how to join it, visit the Dedicated Hunter Program Web page.

Applying for a point

If you're not going to hunt in 2014, you can still apply for a bonus point or a preference point. Earning a point increases the chance that you'll draw a permit the next time you apply.

You can start applying for a point on Jan. 30. Your online application for a point must be received no later than 11 p.m. on

March 20.

Please remember that you must have a hunting license or a combination license to apply for a point or a hunting permit.

General-season deer hunt Web page

A general-season deer hunting change that started in Utah in 2012 will continue in 2014 — instead of hunting deer in five large regions, hunters in 2014 will hunt on 30 smaller units.

If you have questions about applying for a general-season deer permit, the Prepare for the 2014 deer hunt page has the answers.

The page includes the following:

  • a map that shows where Utah's 30 general-season deer hunting units are located
  • a link that will take you to detailed maps and a boundary description for each unit
  • drawing odds for each unit in 2013
  • a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Amy Canning, communications specialist for the DWR, hopes the information will help you make the best choice possible. "A wide variety of information is available on the page," she says. "Hopefully, the information will help you apply for the unit that works best for you."

Lifetime license holders

If you have a lifetime hunting license in Utah, you can select the general deer hunting unit you'd like to hunt by doing two things: Completing the online lifetime license questionnaire and selecting the unit you want to hunt.

Access to the questionnaire will be available in the 2014 big game application. Visit the application website between Jan. 30 and March 6 to access the application, complete the questionnaire and select your unit.

If you don't complete the application by March 6, and the DWR doesn't have a hunt choice on file for you, trying to obtain a general deer permit that wasn't taken in the draw.

All of the general season deer permits might be taken in the draw, though, so there may not be any permits available to obtain.

More information

If you have questions about applying for a 2014 Utah big game hunting permit, call the Utah Hunt Application office at 1-800-221-0659 or the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office.

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