‘Utah Hunt Planner’ offers interactive experience; officials announce big game hunt application dates

Bighorn sheep, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Zion National Park, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — The application period for Utah’s big game hunts starts soon, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials want to ensure that anyone interested in getting locally-harvested deer or elk meat this fall takes note of the dates. The DWR is also encouraging hunters to use their online Utah Hunt Planner for an in-depth, hunter-focused experience.

The big game hunt application period opens Thursday and runs until March 4 at 11 p.m. To be included in the drawing for the hunts, apply on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website or over the phone by calling the nearest DWR regional office. The results of the drawing will be released no later than May 31 and applicants will be notified by email. They can also get the drawing results online or by calling 1-800-221-0659.

Big game hunts are held in Utah for the following species:

  • Bighorn sheep (desert and Rocky Mountain)
  • Bison
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Mountain goat
  • Mule deer
  • Pronghorn

In addition to applying for the hunts, if you’d like a chance to hunt all three general-season deer hunts, you should consider applying for Utah’s Dedicated Hunter program. You can learn more about the program, and how to join it, on the DWR website.

When you’re thinking about hunting in a new area — or going after a species you’ve never hunted before — you likely have a lot of questions. The Utah Hunt Planner, an interactive, online map, can answer many of them.

Bull elk, Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resourses, St. George News

The Hunt Planner provides in-depth, hunter-focused information about all of Utah’s hunts. Use it when you’re researching hunts you want to apply for, or use it after you draw a permit for a particular hunt. You can learn the best spots to find animals, what the terrain is like in that area, if there’s a lot of public land in the unit and where the best access points are located. DWR biologists keep the Hunt Planner up to date with the details hunters care about.

If you’re not planning to hunt in 2021, you can still apply for a bonus point or a preference point. Earning a point increases the chance you’ll draw a permit the next time you apply. Your application for a point must be received no later than 11 p.m. on March 18. You must have a hunting license or a combination license to apply for a bonus/preference point or a big game hunting permit.

For more information about applying for a 2021 Utah big game hunting permit, see the 2021 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook, call 1-800-221-0659 or contact the nearest DWR office.

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