‘The hunt of a lifetime’

Applications for prized permits open Oct. 23

A bull elk stands near a watering hole. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will begin accepting 2020 sportsman permits later this month. Photo courtesy of DWR

Sportsman permits are among Utah’s most prized hunting permits, and the time to apply for one is coming up soon, according to Faith Jolley, a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson.

Utahns can submit applications for 2020 sportsman permits starting Wednesday, Oct. 23. To be included in the permit drawing, they have to submit the application no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 13. Hunters can apply for permits on the DWR website or over the phone by calling the nearest regional office.

“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. “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 each year: buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, desert bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, bison, mountain goat, black bear, cougar and wild turkey.

There’s a $10 fee to apply for each species. If a hunter successfully draws a permit, the permit fees range from $35 to $513. Visit the DWR website to see the cost of each permit.

Applicants cannot earn or use bonus points in the sportsman drawing, and only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. See Utah residency requirements on the DWR website, Jolley said.

Applicants must be at least 11 years old to apply for most of the permits. (Applicants for the cougar sportsman permit must be at least 12 years old by Dec. 31 in order to apply.) They must be at least 12 years old to hunt most of the species, including all big game species. A valid Utah hunting or combination license is also required to apply for any of the sportsman permits.

Applicants will be notified of the results on Nov. 20. They’ll be notified by email, but can also get the drawing results online or by calling 1-800-221-0659, said Jolley.

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