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Re: Utah Big Game Drawings are Here

Sounds good Critter, I put in together with my son it would be a nice outing, Thank you!

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Good luck to you all in the upcoming draw. I was wondering what the process was in Utah for accumulating pts, do you buy pts or pay the price of a tag & get a pt if not drawn? Just how does Utah work? I won't be able to go for probably a couple of years but I would like to start accumulating some pts if it wasn't too costly. Any info would be appreciated. Again, good luck to you all Thumbs up

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ecubackpacker wrote:
Good luck to you all in the upcoming draw. I was wondering what the process was in Utah for accumulating pts, do you buy pts or pay the price of a tag & get a pt if not drawn? Just how does Utah work? I won't be able to go for probably a couple of years but I would like to start accumulating some pts if it wasn't too costly. Any info would be appreciated. Again, good luck to you all Thumbs up

To get and accumulate points in Utah you need to purchase a small game license during the draw. I'm not sure of the price. Also their system works off of "Bonus" points where even with no points you have a chance to draw a tag, however slim it may be. I have seen where somebody with only 1 or 2 points will draw a tag before somebody with 7 or 8 points. Sometimes it doesn't seam fair. You can also just buy a point if you don't want to be considered for a tag. If you want to get into it you will have to do it by the end of the month. Also you can apply on line. http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/

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Re: Utah Big Game Drawings are Here

Thanks Critter. You said you would get a tag anyway b/c you have a lifetime license in Utah, did you buy one as a non-resident or are you a previous resident of Utah? Curious how that works, if I could buy I non-resident lifetime license?

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I lived hunted and fished in Utah for many years. When they offered a lifetime license for residents only I thought about it for quite a while because it cost $500.00 and that was a lot of money then. Then about a year before I was laid off of my job there I bought it. It was one of the best things that I did. It gives me lifetime hunting privileges for deer, small game, and fishing. The only problem is that If I want to put into the draw for any tag I have to do as a nonresident, but I do get a general season deer tag for nothing. Ya can't beat that. They stopped the lifetime license in 95 I believe and I know of dozens of hunters that still are kicking themselves for not buying one.

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You have to buy a non res. hunt lic. for $65.00 and then its $10.00 for each bonus point for each animal.
example:
Non res. Lic. Fee $65
LE deer point $10
LE elk point $10
LE pronghorn point $10
Mnt Goat point $10
Total Amount Paid $105.00

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Critter & Hoggetter, thanks for the info, very helpful. I think I'll buy pts for now. I haven't done any research about Utah yet. How is the pronghorn & Mt goat hunting in Utah? I hear Wyoming is a good state to hunt for pronghorn, how does Utah compare? Hunting pronghorn is not a top priority as I don't plan on this hunt every year. I would like to do this hunt maybe every 3 or 4 yrs. Worth accumulating pts for future hunts? I was thinking about banking pts in several states to be able to hunt a decent area every year/every other year-different states of course. And my priority would be elk, mule deer, Mt goat, bighorn, moose, pronghorn. Pronghorn is listed last realizing that Mt goat/bighorn/moose may be once in a lifetime hunts, and those 3 hunts are equal in value to me. I would like to do them at least once maybe more if possible. I know I would like to hunt them, just don't know how much opportunity exists to hunt multiple times.

Am I correct in assuming it is a difficult task to plan on hunting pronghorn and any other game animal on the same trip out west?

Lastly, what exactly does LE stand for- limited entry?

Thanks again.

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Utah's pronghorn hunting will never be as popular as Wyoming just because of they don't get as big. There are some nice ones but not top of the book kind.

LE stands for limited entry. The Monroe unit in Utah where the spider bull was killed is a limited entry unit for elk but last year you could buy a over the counter general license witch allowed you to hunt a spike bull in the unit. Just about all of Utah's general over the counter tags are for spike elk. Then the LE hunts are all draw. That is one of the reasons that the elk are getting so huge in the state. If an elk makes it past his first year the chances of him growing big are huge. Most of the elk harvested in the LE units are between 6-9 years old.

As far as hunting both antelope and an LE unit in the same year in Utah it can't be done since they are both draw tags. Utah only allows one draw tag a year to a hunter.

If you go to the Utah DOW web site they have all the odds posted along with an on line copy of their guide book. And as I said earlier it is possible to draw a tag in Utah with minimum points by just the way the tags are allocated during the draw. A good example of this is that I have 9 bonus points for a muzzelloader hunt. I may draw with these points and I may not where a hunter with only 3 points mite even draw the same tag by just the luck of the draw.