SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 13, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding hunters the time to apply for Utah’s most prized hunting permits is quickly approaching.
“Utahns can begin submitting applications for the 2022 sportsman permits on Oct. 20,” the Utah DWR said in a Wednesday news release. “You can apply for permits on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website or over the phone by calling the nearest DWR regional office.” To be included in the permit drawing, you must submit your phone application by 5 p.m. or online application no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 10.
DWR Wildlife Licensing Coordinator Lindy Varney said: “If you draw a sportsman permit, you can hunt on almost every unit in Utah that’s open to hunting the species you drew a permit for. Also, the season dates are much longer, so you’ll have more time to scout different places to harvest an animal.”
Utahns may apply to hunt for as many species as they’d like, but only one sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species:
- Black bear
- Buck deer
- Buck pronghorn
- Bull elk
- Bull moose
- Desert bighorn sheep
- Mountain goat
- Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
- Wild turkey
This year, two sportsman permits will be offered for cougars — one for the 2021-22 season and one for the 2022-23 season. Utahns may apply for and draw both cougar permits.
There’s a non-refundable $10 application fee to apply for each species, including each of the two cougar permits, the news release said. If you successfully draw a permit, the permit fees range from $35 to $513. Visit the DWR website to see the cost of each permit.
Applicants cannot earn or use bonus points in the sportsman drawing, and only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits.
In order to apply for a sportsman permit, you must turn 12 by the end of the year in which the permit is issued. You must be 12 years old to hunt all big game species. There are no age restrictions for hunting turkey. A valid Utah hunting or combination license is also required to apply for any of the sportsman permits.
Applicants will be notified about the drawing results on or before Nov. 17. You’ll be notified by email, but you can also get the drawing results online or by calling 1-800-221-0659.
For more information about Utah’s sportsman permits, visit the DWR website.