Give the gift of hunting, fishing this holiday

An ice fisherman shows off his catch, date and location unspecified | Photo by Michael Hadley, courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer.

The licenses make great Christmas gifts and they’re easy to buy, according to Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

“Some of the state’s waters are starting to ice over,” Tutorow stated in a press release.  “As soon as the ice is safe to walk on, another ice fishing season will be underway.”

There are still opportunities to hunt in Utah, as well. Several hunting seasons, including the cottontail rabbit, chukar partridge and snowshoe hare seasons, run through most of the winter.

How to purchase a hunting or fishing license

Purchasing a license through the Division of Wildlife Resources website is the easiest way to buy. Licenses can also be purchased at DWR offices – and from more than 260 fishing and hunting license agents across Utah.

Combination licenses – which allow the license holder to fish and hunt small game – are also available at the same locations and at the website.

Ordering early will ensure it is received in time for the holidays; licenses can be mailed to the purchaser or to the recipient. It takes about five days to receive a license by mail.

Licenses are valid starting the day of purchase. Annual Utah fishing and hunting licenses are good for a full year – 365 days.

Licenses can also be purchased that are valid for two to five years for those who are over age 18.

Hunting and combination licenses do not include deer or elk permits. Hunters can apply for a 2017 general buck deer permit in January. General elk permits will be available by mid-summer on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about Utah fishing and hunting licenses, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.

License costs

Utah resident license and permit costs are as follows:

  • Combination license, ages 14 – 17, $20
  • Combination license, ages 18 – 64, $38
  • Combination license, age 65 and older, $29
  • Fishing license, ages 12 – 13, $5
  • Fishing license, ages 14 – 17, $16
  • Fishing license, ages 18 – 64, $34
  • Fishing license, age 65 and older, $25
  • Hunting license, age 13 and under, $11
  • Hunting license, ages 14 – 17, $16
  • Hunting license, ages 18 – 64, $34
  • Hunting license, age 65 and older, $25

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