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Hunting in Utah: 6 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Friday, 05 June 2015 09:02 AM

Utah is considered one of the most picturesque states in the country, with snowcapped mountains and dramatic canyons with abundant wildlife.

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It draws outdoorsmen and hunters from afar to try their hand at big game and fishing, but there are a few things that adults need to know before applying for one of Utah's hunting permits.

Here are a few tips from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR):

1. The DWR rules on hunter education specifies that anyone born after December 31, 1965, must complete a hunter education course before they can purchase a Utah hunting license. Courses include hunter education, furharvester education, bowhunter education and extended archery orientation.

2. If you plan on hunting game there are two types of licenses available from the DWR.

The basic hunting license allows you to hunt for small game, waterfowl, and upland game.

A basic hunting license also allows you to apply for permits for certain species, such as bear, cougar, and other animals.

A combination license includes everything a basic license does, but it also allows you to fish. You can purchase your license online, and it is good for a year.

Lifetime hunting licenses stopped being issued in 1994. Permits can be surrendered if the season has not begun, although the DWR does not typically refund money.

3. A special permit is needed to hunt bears, bighorn sheep, bison, bobcats, cougars, deer, elks, moose, pronghorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats, sage grouse, sandhill cranes, sharp-tailed grouse, swans, and wild turkeys.

4. Consult a hunting guidebook specific to the species you wish to hunt as it will tell you how to apply for a permit in the state's hunt drawing.

The hunting and fishing guidebooks are available through the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and can be downloaded from its website.

5. If you hunt mourning doves, band-tailed pigeons, sandhill cranes, geese, ducks, coots, or snipes, you are required to register in the Harvest Information Program.

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In 1998, Utah began a federally mandated program to inform hunters about the harvest of migratory game birds. Once a hunter signs up for the program, they are given a registration number to write on their hunting license. There is no charge to register.

6. There are special licensing opportunities for people with disabilities that allow privileges such as taking wildlife from a vehicle, using a crossbow, obtaining a general season extension, and the use of telescopic sights for those who are visually impaired.

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

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