Utah Hunting Seasons

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2024 Utah Hunting Seasons New Regulations & Dates!

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From pursuing deer to engaging in small game adventures, the approaching season is packed with thrills. Explore this guide for vital details on the upcoming Utah season, covering dates, regulations, and beyond.

Utah Hunting Season






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Sandhill Crane

Hunting Locations

  • State Reserves (23 hunting parks).
  • Wildlife-protected areas
  • BLM Lands
  • Walk-In-Access (WIA) sites

How much is a Utah hunting license?

For specific hunting activities, obtain a Basic or Combination, essential for all game pursuits. The Combined option, just $1 more than two Basics, covers a year, including fishing and various game. Additional requirements apply for certain game animals.

Residents and non-residents may get general permits from license dealers, DWR offices, and online. The proclamation specifies unique permit lottery dates.

Utah Hunting License fees
UT Hunting License TypeFeesAgeValid For
Resident 1-year basic hunting license$11.00 Age 13 and younger1 year
Resident 1-year basic hunting license$16.00 Age 14–171 year
Resident 1-year basic hunting license$40.00 Age 18–641 year
Resident 1-year basic hunting license$31.00 Age 65 and older1 year
Resident disabled veteran 1-year hunting license$25.50 N/A1 year
Resident 1-year combination license$20.00 Age 14–171 year
Resident 1-year combination license$44.00 Age 18–641 year
Resident 1-year combination license$35.00 Age 65 and older1 year
Resident disabled veteran 1-year combination$28.50 N/A1 year
Nonresident 1-year basic hunting license$34.00 Age 17 and younger1 year
Nonresident 1-year basic hunting license$120.00 Age 18 and older1 year
Nonresident 3-day small game hunting license$46.00 Any age3 days
Nonresident 1-year combination license$38.00 Age 17 and younger1 year
Nonresident 1-year combination license$150.00 Age 18 and older1 year
Resident Dedicated Hunter, 3-yr.$120.00 Age 12–173 years
Resident Dedicated Hunter, 3-yr.$215.00 Age 18 and older3 years
Lifetime license Dedicated Hunter, 3-yr.$37.50 Age 12–17Lifetime
Lifetime license Dedicated Hunter, 3-yr.$86.00 Age 18 and olderLifetime
Nonresident Dedicated Hunter$834.00 Age 12–17365 days
Nonresident Dedicated Hunter$1,067.00 Age 18 and older365 days
Nonresident falconry meet$15.00 Any age1 day


  • For safety, ensure the head, chest, and back are in hunter orange, with exceptions only when the presence of armed individuals is unlikely.
  • 30 minutes before sunrise and after nightfall are great times.
  • Automatic weapons are illegal. Laser sights or other devices that creates a visible beam of light are banned. It’s prohibited to shoot a gun from a car on a highway. Electrical and railroad infrastructure are off-limits. No firearms are allowed at Utah state parks, picnic areas, viewpoints, golf courses, boat launches, or constructed beaches.



Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

1594 W. North Temple,

Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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When does the Utah hunting season typically begin and end?

It runs from August through December, depending on the species. For instance, the general archery deer season is mid-August to mid-September, while the general rifle deer season is late October. Popular species including elk, moose, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats periods are from September and October.

What are the different types of hunting seasons in Utah?

Utah has three hunting seasons: archery (August–December) for bows and arrows, muzzleloader (September–October) for muzzleloaders, and any authorized weapon (October–December) for other guns. Limited-entry days for elk and bighorn sheep require competitive permit applications, while once-in-a-lifetime hunts for mountain goats and moose are exclusive. The state offers youth, apprentice, and disabled hunts.

Can non-residents also participate in Utah's hunting season?

It is open to non-residents with a license. They must pay greater fees and follow the same rules as residents. Licenses vary, with species-specific permits costing more. Non-residents may apply early for limited-entry and once-in-a-lifetime hunts owing to greater competition. Non-resident must have valid permits for each species, observe all restrictions, wear hunter orange during defined hours, camp in approved places, and appropriately pack up their rubbish.

What are the most commonly hunted game species in Utah?

The most popular game species in the state include elk, deer (mule and white-tailed), pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and upland birds including pheasants, quail, and grouse. Elk and deer are popular and hard hunts throughout the state, while pronghorn are thrilling in the west. Mountainous environments provide exciting bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts, while upland birds give shotgun and archery possibilities.

What is the process for applying for a hunting permit through Utah's draw system?

You must buy a valid hunting license for the species you want to hunt before applying for a Utah draw permit. Online, postal, or licensing agent applications are accepted from March to April. You must enter personal information, pick a game unit, and pay an application cost ($10 for limited-entry licenses, $25 for lifetime permits). If chosen in May, you’ll be contacted and must buy the permit. If not chosen, you may enter another lottery in June. Early application, numerous licenses, and targeting popular species will boost your chances, while bonus points for failing applications can help in the future. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources webpage has details.

What are the penalties for hunting violations or non-compliance with hunting regulations in Utah?

The severity of offences determines the penalty. Hunting without a license, hunting out of season, using illegal weapons, killing animals without permission, and messing with wildlife are common offenses. Penalties vary from Class C (up to 6 months in prison and/or $1,000 fine) to Class A (up to 1 year and $5,000 fine). License suspension, restitution, and hunter education may be imposed on violators. Trophy animal offenses and past convictions raise penalties.

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1 thought on “2024 Utah Hunting Seasons New Regulations & Dates!”

  1. I have a Lifetime hunting license in Utah, I’ve been putting in the Moose Draw for 24 years. I recently moved to Arizona and now I have to pay Non-resident fees for Moose?
    That is ludicrous!
    I am 70% Disabled Veteran (Retired)


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