Utah DWR expands discounts for disabled veterans to include hunting, combination licenses

A hunter using binoculars at an unspecified date and location | Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Veterans with disabilities are now eligible for discounted hunting and combination licenses and will also experience an easier application process.

According to a news release from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, disabled veterans were previously eligible for discounted fishing licenses, and as of July 1, the DWR is now expanding that to include hunting and combination licenses, .

“We are appreciative of the sacrifices that members of our country’s armed forces make and wanted to show our gratitude,” DWR Assistant Director Mike Canning said in the news release.

The discount will be offered to any veteran who is a Utah resident and has a qualifying service-connected disability of at least 20%. The new discounted hunting license is $25.50, instead of the $34 full price, and the new discounted combination license is $28.50, instead of the $38 full price.

The discounted fishing licenses are still $12. All the licenses are good for one year from the day they are purchased. Utah DWR issued 636 fishing licenses to veterans with disabilities in 2018.

Hunter take aim at water fowl at an unspecified date and location | Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

“There are a lot of veterans in Utah who would qualify for and enjoy the combination license,” DWR wildlife licensing coordinator Phil Gray said, “and we are excited to offer them that opportunity.”

The application process for the discounted licenses will also be much simpler. Previously, veterans had to take their qualifying paperwork to a division office and submit the application there.

Now they can simply submit a photo or scanned PDF of their disability letter and submit it on the DWR website. Once they are approved for the discount, they can buy their license online or from any authorized license agent.

The paperwork also only has to be filled out once, and the veteran will then qualify for the discounted license each year.

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