Apply For a Cougar Hunting Permit in Utah

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Cougar hunters may submit applications until October 12.

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in soon.

Get your limited-entry cougar hunt application in no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Photo by Lynn Chamberlain

Applications for hunting permits will be accepted at until 11 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, reminds you that if you draw a limited-entry permit, you cannot buy a permit to hunt on a harvest-objective unit. "Before you apply for a permit," she says, "make sure a limited-entry hunt is the hunt you want to participate in."

More information about the two permits is available on pages 8–10 of the 2011–2012 Utah Cougar Guidebook.

The free guidebook is available at You can also get a copy at DWR offices and from hunting license agents across Utah.

What if I don't draw?

You'll know by Oct. 27 whether you drew a permit. If you don't draw a permit, you can still hunt cougars in Utah by buying a permit to hunt on a harvest-objective unit.

Harvest-objective permits go on sale Nov. 1.

Apply for a bonus point

If you're not going to hunt cougars during the 2011–2012 season, you can still apply for a bonus point. Every cougar bonus point you have increases the chance you'll draw a permit in the future.

Applications for bonus points must be received at no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 12.


If you have questions about hunting cougars in Utah, please call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office. You can also call the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.


SGM's picture

Good luck to all the Utah

Good luck to all the Utah hunters who apply. A cat hunt is one hell of an experience for sure. Colorado just increased the quota this year again. I did not know in Oregon you cannot use dogs for a cat hunt. Man that has got to be very hard and I am sure the reason the tags are cheap and you have so many. I have only seen one while out hunting in 30 plus years so that must be tough. Our tags are $40 resident and $251 non-resident but you can use dogs. To many big cats and they need to be thinned down for sure.

numbnutz's picture

The headline on this story

The headline on this story made me take a double look. I'm not used to having to apply for a cougar tag. I'm used to just getting them over the counter here in Oregon. Heck we have so many cats the ODFW are pretty much giving the darn tags away anymore. we can shoot upto 3 cats a year i think or maybe its just 2. But the price of the tag is $14.50 whether your a resident or not. The only down side is no dogs or bait which make hunting the cats here kinda hard. For all of you putting in for a tag good luck and hope you shoot a big tom.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

Man, I wish California would

Man, I wish California would allow us to hunt mountain lions, like Arizona, utah, Orgon, and other states.  They are becoming more and more frequent visitors to our hunting areas, and some guys are getting a little antsy about it.

Granted, they have probably been there all along, however the sightings are just more prevelant now.  California though, in my opinion, will never allow a cat hunting season.  Too many liberals out here thinking it's not needed.  I will just wait till the day when the environmentalists ask where all our deer went, and see what they say then.