Utah Residents Apply for a 2012 Sportsman Permit

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Applications for Utah's most prized hunting permits accepted soon.

You can apply for next year's most prized Utah big game hunting permits—2012 sportsman permits—starting Nov. 1.

Bighorn sheep

If you draw the 2012 sportsman permit for desert bighorn sheep, you'll have plenty of days and plenty of places to find your trophy. You can apply for a sportsman permit starting Nov. 1, 2011.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources photo

Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison and hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat.

Sportsman permits are also offered for three species that are not classified as big game: Black bear, cougar and wild turkey.

If you draw a sportsman permit, the dates you can hunt vary. But in most cases, they're longer than the regular season dates. You can also hunt on almost any unit in Utah that's open to hunting the species you drew a permit for.

Highly prized

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says sportsman permits are highly prized items. "If you're one of the lucky hunters who draws one, you'll have plenty of days—and plenty of areas—to hunt," she says.

You can apply for a sportsman permit starting Nov. 1 at wildlife.utah.gov. Applications must be submitted no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 23.

Draw results will be posted by Dec. 1. If you draw a permit, you'll also receive a letter in the mail. "That's a letter you'll probably want to frame," Tutorow says.

For more information, see page 23 of the 2011 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook or call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office. You can also call the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Wow and all it costs is a


Wow and all it costs is a $10 application fee... just like playing the state lottery though I bet!  You may have better chances of being stuck by lighting or bitten by a shark than winning this lottery!

This is a great gimmick by the state to give one hunter for each species picked to have their choice of hunting the animal in the entire state - all new game units instead of what the state hunters enjoyed last year for hunting divisions.

If you don't play you can't win!  That is what separates the state lottery money from those who most likely really can't afford it.

Good luck to all of you Utah resident hunters that try your odds at this lottery!


numbnutz's picture

Wow!! it's almost like a

Wow!! it's almost like a goveners tag without the hefty price tag. I bet the draw odds are pretty steep.  Sounds like agreat oppertunity to hunt some of the most prized game in Utah. I wish Oregon had something like that. I would love to have a longer season and hunt almost anywhere in the state. Good luck to all who apply.