‘The hunt of a lifetime’: DWR announces application dates for ‘most prized’ hunting permit

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SALT LAKE CITY — The time to apply for sportsman permits is coming up soon.

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According to a press release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the sportsman permits are among Utah’s “most prized hunting permits.” Utahns can begin submitting applications for the 2022 sportsman permits on Oct. 20 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, applicants must submit their phone application by 5 p.m. or online application no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 10.

“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,” DWR Wildlife Licensing Coordinator Lindy Varney said in the press release. “Also, the season dates are much longer, so you’ll have more time to scout different places to harvest an animal. It’s the hunt of a lifetime.”

Utahns may apply for as many species as they’d like, but only one sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species:

  • Bison
  • 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 nonrefundable $10 application fee to apply for each species, including each of the two cougar permits. If an applicant successfully draws a permit, the permit fees range from $35 to $513. Visit the DWR website to see the cost of each permit.

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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, applicants must turn 12 years old 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 by email; however, drawing results will also be available online or by calling 800-221-0659.

For more information about Utah’s sportsman permits, visit the DWR website.

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