Fishing, hunting licenses make great Christmas gifts
Ice fishing season will begin soon
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Ice fishing season will begin soon. The winter pastime is gaining traction with a growing following in Utah, according to the Division of Wildlife Resources.                                  Photo courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Ice fishing season will begin soon. The winter pastime is gaining traction with a growing following in Utah, according to the Division of Wildlife Resources. Photo courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
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Looking for that Christmas perfect gift for the angler or hunter in your life? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they’re easy to buy.

And winter is the perfect time to give one as a gift. Lindy Varney, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says some of the state’s fishing waters should be covered with ice soon. “Ice fishing is a fun activity that’s growing in popularity in Utah,” she said. “Once the ice is safe to walk on, another ice fishing season will be underway.”

Hunting opportunities are also available in the winter. Several hunting seasons, including the cottontail rabbit, chukar partridge and snowshoe hare seasons, run through most of the winter.

Where to get one

Buying a license at the DWR’s website (wildlife.utah.gov) is the easiest way to get one. People can also buy a license 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.

To buy a license for someone, all that’s needed is the person’s name, their approximate height and weight, their eye color, hair color, date of birth, address and phone number. “Once you have that information,” Varney says, “you’re good to go.”

Order early

If they buy a license at the website (wildlife.utah.gov), they can have it mailed to them (so they can wrap it and give it as a gift). Or, the license can be mailed directly to the recipient of the license. It usually takes about seven days for a license to arrive in the mail.

In addition to enjoying the outdoors in 2019, the licensee will receive an added bonus: they won’t have to wait until Jan. 1 to use it. The license is valid starting the day it’s purchased.

Annual Utah fishing and hunting licenses are 365-day licenses. That means they’re good for 365 days from the day you buy one.

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

Two options

In addition to buying a 365-day license, if the person is 18 years of age or older, there are two additional options:

• Instead of buying a 365-day license, buy a license that’s valid for two, three, four or even five years.

• If the person already has a license, the buyer can extend the period of time when their current license is valid. For example, if the person you’d like to buy for has a license that will expire next April, buy a license extension for them now. The extension will keep their license valid for one, two, three, four or five years from the day the license was supposed to expire.

A license extension, however, may be bought only for a license that will expire within six months.

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

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