If you're looking to hunt in Utah this year, it's important to familiarize yourself with the state's hunting regulations.
In this blog post, we'll provide an overview of the licensing and season requirements for hunting in Utah. We'll also touch on some of the most popular game species in the state. So if you're ready to start planning your hunting trip to Utah, read on!
Hunting In Utah
For hunters, Utah is a dream destination. The state is home to a variety of game, including deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope. These animals thrive in the state's diverse habitat, which includes mountains, forests, and grasslands.
Utah's hunting regulations are designed to ensure that hunting is a sustainable activity. The state requires hunters to purchase a hunting license, and there are bag limits in place for certain species. Some areas of the state are closed to hunting, to protect sensitive wildlife populations.
Utah's mountains provide a stunning backdrop for the Beehive State's huge hunting grounds. Utah's part of the Rocky Mountains contains some of the country's most magnificent vistas, allowing you to experience beautiful nature while also achieving a plentiful hunt. Aside from the landscape, the state provides world-class big game hunting, including deer, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep.
Whether you're a seasoned hunter or a beginner, Utah offers an incredible hunting experience. With its abundance of game and scenic beauty, the state is a true paradise for those who love to hunt.
Utah Deer Seasons
|Muzzleloader||Sept. 29-Oct. 7|
|Early Season||Oct. 13-17|
|General Season||Oct. 23-31|
|Late Season||Oct. 28-Nov. 5|
Utah makes deer hunting easy by providing permits through it Utah Hunting and Fishing app, allowing you to purchase permits on the go before heading out to hunt. First-time hunters in the state can participate in the trial hunting program, which gives new big-game hunters the opportunity to try out the sport without taking the required Hunter Education course. For more information, visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website.
Utah Elk Seasons
|Archery, Any Bull||Aug. 21-Sept. 22|
|Archery, Spike Elk||Aug. 21-Sept. 10|
|General Spike/Bull Elk||Oct. 9-21|
|Youth Firearms, Bull Elk||Sept. 18-26|
Utah may limit hunting dates in specific units/areas of the state. Utah hunters are required to report any hunt and harvest information within 30 days of the season end dates, even if your hunt was unsuccessful.
Utah Turkey Seasons
|Fall General Season||Oct. 1-Feb. 28**|
|Spring Limited Entry||Apr. 9-28, 2022|
|Spring Youth Hunt||Apr. 29-May 1, 2022|
|Spring General Season||May 2-31, 2022|
Utah turkey hunters may consider joining the state’s Upland Game Slam program, which partners with a variety of conservation groups. Hunters help fund upland game projects and are eligible to earn prizes for successfully harvesting turkey and other game. For more information, visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website.
Utah Small Game Seasons
|Grouse||Sept. 25-Oct. 17|
|Partridge and Pheasant||Sept. 25-Feb. 15|
|Sandhill Crane||Sept. 4-Nov. 2**|
|Quail||Nov. 7-Dec. 31|
|Rabbit||Sept. 1-Feb. 28|
|Crow||Sept. 1-30 and Dec. 1-Feb. 28|
How To Get A Hunting License In Utah?
Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.
- Complete the Utah hunter education certification requirements.
- Choose the correct license type.
- Buy the license through the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website or a Utah–approved agent.
Utah License Expiration
Hunting licenses are good for 365 days from the date of purchase.
Where to Buy a Utah Hunting License
- Visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website.
- Call 1-800-221-0659.
- Visit a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office or an approved license agent.