Utah’s Most Prized Big Game Permit Deadline Approaches

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Nov. 15 is the last day to apply for a 2018 sportsman permit. If you draw the permit for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, you'll have plenty of days and plenty of places to find the animal of your dreams.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR)USA -(Ammoland.com)- Sportsman permits are one of Utah's most prized big game hunting permits. And the time left to apply for one is running out.

Nov. 15 is the last day to apply for a 2018 sportsman permit. If you draw the permit for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, you'll have plenty of days and plenty of places to find the animal of your dreams.

To apply for a sportsman permit for the 2018 season, you must submit your application no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 15. You can apply online now.

Lindy Varney, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says only Utah residents can apply for a sportsman permit. She explains why the permits are so highly sought.

“With only a few exceptions,” she says, “if you draw a sportsman permit, you can hunt on 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 travel more places to take the big game animal of a lifetime.”

One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison and hunter's choice mountain goat.

Sportsman permits are also offered for three species that are not big game: Black bear, cougar and wild turkey.

If you apply for a sportsman permit, it won't take long to know if you drew one: draw results will be posted by Nov. 22.

You can learn more about sportsman permits at wildlife.utah.gov/sportsman-permit.html.

Need more information before you apply?

Utah Administrative Rules governing sportsman permits: R657-41, R657-42 and R657-62-45

October 25, 2017: Online application period begins

Utah residents can apply for a permit online or by calling any Division office.

To apply for a 2018 sportsman's permit, you must be at least 11 years old. Note: You must be at least 12 years old to hunt big game species. (For cougar hunters, you must be at least 12 years old by Dec. 31, 2017 to apply.)

You must also be a Utah resident on Nov. 22, 2017. Please see the resident definition to learn whether you qualify as a resident.

When you apply, a $10 nonrefundable application fee will be charged for each species you choose. You will not be charged for a permit unless you're successful in drawing one. A valid Utah hunting or combination license is required to apply. If you don't already own a current hunting or combinations license, you can purchase one online.

November 15, 2017: Application deadline

You must apply online or by phone no later than Nov. 15, 2017. There's an 11 p.m. deadline for online applications and a 5 p.m. deadline for phone applications. To apply, simply visit wildlife.utah.gov or call any Division office.

November 15, 2017: Deadline for withdrawing your application

If you decide not to hunt, you may withdraw your online permit application at no cost until 11 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2017. Remember that the $10 application fee is charged for each species you apply for and is not refundable.

November 22, 2017: Drawing results available

You'll be notified of your drawing results by e-mail. You can also get the drawing results online or by calling 1-800-221-0659.

Sportsman Permit Fees:

The following fees apply only to those who successfully draw a permit. All applicants will be charged a $10 non-refundable application fee for each species application.

  • Sportsman permits Fees
  • Resident black bear $83.00
  • Resident buck deer $168.00
  • Resident buck pronghorn $55.00
  • Resident bull elk $513.00
  • Resident bull moose $413.00
  • Resident cougar $58.00
  • Resident desert bighorn sheep $513.00
  • Resident hunter choice bison $413.00
  • Resident mountain goat $413.00
  • Resident Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep $513.00
  • Resident wild turkey $35.00

Waiting Periods:

You may apply for a sportsman deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or cougar permit, even if you are on a waiting period for that species. Likewise, you will not be given a waiting period if you draw a sportsman deer, elk, pronghorn, bear or cougar permit.

You may not apply for a sportsman bison, bull moose, desert bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep or Mountain goat permit if you have already used your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for that species. If you draw a sportsman permit for one of these once-in-a-lifetime permit species, you will not be able to apply for that species again.

If you have questions about sportsman permits, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.

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