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Hunting in Utah: 7 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Monday, 18 Jan 2016 04:14 PM

Utah has some great hunting opportunities for both large game and furbearing animals. The mountains offer a breathtaking backdrop for hunting, and the fall season offers a wide assortment of animals in open season.

Everyone who hunts in the state must have completed a hunter safety course, and in some instances will need special permits, depending on the species and type of hunt.

Whether you are after big game, smaller furbearing animals or birds, each category of species has its own guidebook, available for download on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) website. The guidebooks also list which animals need permits and when you can hunt them. Here are seven animals you can hunt in Utah during the fall season.

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1. Deer
Deer season in Utah is long. For bowhunters, it begins in the Ogden, Uintah Basin, and Wasatch areas in mid-August and goes through the end of November. Deer can be hunted with a muzzleloader from late September to early October. It is possible to hunt deer with firearms only from Oct. 18 to Oct. 26, according to Hunting Season HQ.

2. Elk
Elk can be taken by bow from mid-August to mid-September, ending in mid-December in the Uintah Basin and Wasatch Front. Spike Elk can be taken by bow mid-August to the first week in September in Sanpete Valley and can be extended from November to the end of the year. Hunting bull elk by firearm can only be done in October until mid-month, with muzzleloader from the end of October to the first week of November, but youth can take bull elk from mid- to late-September and then from the end of November through mid-January.

3. Pronghorn and Moose
Moose and pronghorn seasons with firearms are from September through mid-November.

4. Mountain Lions
Mountain lions can be shot from September through the end of the year.

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5. Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn sheep season by firearm runs from September through the end of December.

6. Coyotes
Coyotes can be taken year-round with no bag limits, and no special permits. They even have a bounty attached of $50 per animal legally killed, as of 2015. Check with the Utah DWR for details.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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