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Written by:  Devn Schumacher 

May, 10 2021

Utah Hunting

Utah mountains add to the hunting advantages of the state. The Rocky Mountains and adorable landscapes serve as an opportunity to take various games in the state such as deer, elks, moose, bighorn sheep, and various small games.

Utah Hunting Regulations

Some of Utah’s Hunting Regulation and laws hunters are expected to abide by including the following:

Wildlife Attractions and Luring

It is unlawful to lure games and wildlife with any attractant, scent, or deer urine. The state also prohibits the capture or hunting of big games with the use of any form of edible product. But exceptions are made for salt, water, or the mixture of salt with trace minerals that are originally designed for livestock.

Hunting Without a License

Before you can hunt or capture games and wildlife in the state, it is compulsory that you own a valid license issued for either fishing or hunting. You must also be in possession of the license every time you go hunting. If a tag is necessary for hunting, you must possess one too. The license and tags must also be signed prior to any hunting activity in the state.

Possession of Games and Wildlife that are Illegally Taken

If you take any game or wildlife unlawfully, then according to hunting laws in Utah, the possession of such an animal is illegal. It does not matter if you were part of the hunting or capturing of the wildlife, as long as it was not lawfully taken, its possession is unlawful.

Wildlife Possession and Bag Limits

The Utah Game and Fish Commission has possession restrictions and bag limits for various types of species. The hunting of wildlife must be according to the quantity and limits defined by the commission. So it is important that you do research before taking wildlife.

Big Game Tagging

It is compulsory to tag all big games captured in Utah. The tags usually carry instructions on the tagging procedure at their back. You must follow the instructions to the letter, as well as other tagging rules provided by the Utah Game and Fish Commission.

Hunting Wildlife in Closed Seasons, Artificial Lights, and in Legal Hours

In Utah, you can only hunt wildlife and games in periods that the hunting commission prescribes. The commission is also responsible for stopping hunting periods, and during the close season, you may not hunt wildlife.

If you are a hunter specialized in a particular species, make sure that you get information about the regulations provided by the commission before embarking on a hunting journey.

Utah hunting laws prohibit the use of artificial light during coyote hunting season in the state. This also means that you are not allowed to make use of vehicle headlights or spotlights while hunting. However, exceptions are made for theft reasons but ensure that the firearm in the vehicle is not able to discharge when making use of the spotlight. The best way to go about this is to leave all firearms, ammunition, bows, and arrows outside the vehicle or in the camp.

The state also prohibits the use of artificial lights to prolong hunting shooting hours.

Hunting from Vehicles

It is illegal to take games and wildlife from vehicles such as motor, watercraft, or aircraft. An exception is made for those that obtain permission from the Utah Fish and Game Commission. In the context of this regulation, the word “Take” refers to the hunting, killing, capturing, pursuing, and shooting of wildlife.

Furthermore, this regulation explains that you may not deliberately drive or hover around in a vehicle to search for wildlife before taking it. The purview of this law does not only stop at shooting the animal from a vehicle, you may not also transport wildlife with a vehicle. And it is a prohibition to get off the main road and move closer to wildlife with a vehicle.

Hunting with Devices

You are only permitted to hunt games and wildlife with devices approved by the Utah fish and game commission. Making use of any other device is a prohibition.

Discharging Firearms Near a Residential Building

It is unlawful to discharge firearms while hunting near a residential building unless you seek the permission of those living in the building. This regulation also includes the use of bow and arrow, inflated weapons that have a .35 caliber, and hybrid weapons. Buildings in this regulation also refer to constructions like cabins, huts, barns, and sheds.

Hunters must assume that the structures are occupied before hunting close to them. Violations to this regulation are common during bird hunting seasons like doves and quails.

Clean Up After Hunting

It is compulsory for hunters to clean up when they are done with activities. There should be no litter in the camp, and all debris or castings should be moved out of camp. This also extends to the cleaning of animals’ carcasses. There are usually regulations in hunting jurisdictions for the disposal of carcasses and hunters must clean up according to these regulations.

Shooting Across a Road

It is a prohibition for hunters to discharge firearms from across the road or a railway while trying to take wildlife. These regulations also affect the shooting of bow and arrow. Hunters are advised to beware of this regulation since it is mostly violated during dove hunting seasons.

Open Carry While Hunting.

You are not prohibited from the open carry of firearms while hunting in the state, except if the hunting Is not taking place within the boundaries of a municipality that permits you.

Open carry while bow hunting in Utah is prohibited. You can only make use of concealed weapons, but it is illegal to take down a game with concealed firearms.

Only archery equipment is lawful for bow hunting in the state.

Utah also has hunter harassment laws to preserve hunting activities in the state.

Anybody that deliberately interferes with lawful hunting activity, or infringes on a licensed person's right to hunt by harassing such person, or intentionally chasing away wildlife to prevent hunting, is guilty of class B misdemeanor.

Utah Hunting License Permits and Tags

Before you can hunt games and wildlife in Utah, you need a valid license issued in the state.

Even if you have a valid hunting license in Utah, you will not be allowed to hunt games if yet to undertake Hunter Education Training Course.

Utah Residents Hunting License

Residents of the state are allowed to buy a Utah resident hunting license. To be a resident of the state you must have lived in the state for a period of 6 months prior to the application of your license, permit, or tag. You must also not be a resident of another state in the US.

Other people that can apply for the Utah resident license are members of the US armed forces who are posted to the state for either permanent or temporary duties. Only those identified as residents of Utah may buy a resident hunting license in the state. Others may only apply for the non-resident license.

Complimentary Hunting License

Utah issues complimentary licenses to those that meet the criteria to obtain free licenses in the state. Complimentary licenses can be used for fishing and hunting in the state. You can only get a complimentary license from the Utah Fish and Game Department.

Hunting License

This is a type of resident license issued in Utah to those who are at least 70 years old and have been a resident of the state for a minimum period of 25 years.

Disabled Veteran Hunting License

To obtain this type of license, a veteran must produce proof from the state Veteran administration to prove disabilities. The person must also be a resident of Utah for consecutive years prior to the application of the license.

Apprentice Hunting License

With an Utah apprentice hunting license, licensed hunters in the state will be able to take prospective ones on hunting adventures. The prospective or beginner hunters will not have to purchase a regular license to go hunting because of the apprentice license.

The license is not only valid for residents of Utah, but non-residents can also apply for it, and it is free of charge.

However, an apprentice license will only be valid for consecutive days, and can only be used for hunting small games, fur games, birds, predators, and nongame mammals.

Utah Lifetime License

These types of licenses are for only residents of Utah. The cost for the application for a lifetime hunting license in the state will depend on the type of the license and the applicant's age.

Utah Non-Residents Hunting License

Non-residents hunters that want to hunt in Utah have to obtain a non-permit tag form to purchase licenses, stamps, and hunting tags, etc. This can be done via mail, and they are required to submit the form to the state’s fish and game department separately, without a hunt permit tag application.

Utah Fishing License Permits and Tags

The type of fishing licenses that are available in Utah include the following:

General Fishing Licenses

Utah general fishing licenses are available for both residents and non-residents in the state, with prices of $37 and $55 respectively. The license can be used to partake in all state fishing activities.

Combo Fish and Hunt Licenses

This is a combination of both fishing and hunting licenses in Utah. They are also available for residents and Non-residents of the state at prices of $57 and $160 respectively

Youth Combo Hunt and Fish

This is a fishing license issued by the Utah Fish and Game Department at a very subsidized price of $5 for both residents and non-residents youths.

Short Term Combo Hunt and Fish

This is a limited license to hunt and fish for a particular period. Residents can purchase this license at a price of $15 for one day, while non-residents can purchase at $20 for one day.

Community Fishing License

Utah community fishing licenses can be purchased at $24 for residents and non-residents of the state.

You do not require a Utah fishing license when taking part in fishing activities on public water, on a day that is free for fishing. Free fishing day in Utah is always on the first Saturday after the National Fishing and Boating Week.

You do not need a fishing license if you register to become a participant in a fishing clinic that is sponsored by the Utah Department of Game and Fish.

You do not need a fishing license for activities on any private water in the state, including tanks and ponds, as long as you seek permission from the property owner.

Utah Hunting Seasons 2020/2021

Contrary to many opinions that Utah is a deserted state, the ecosystem is well suited for the various types of games and wildlife.

The 2020/21 hunting season for various wildlife in Alaska includes the following:

Utah Deer Hunting Season

  • General Season (23rd of October to 31st of December)
  • General Youth-Only Season (9th of October to 29th of November)
  • Challenged Hunter Access Mobility (18th of September to 24th of September and 23rd of October to 29th of October)
  • Muzzleloader Season (23rd of October to 31st of December)
  • Muzzleloader for youths Season (2nd of October to 11th of October and 20th of November to 29th of November)
  • Archery Season (21st of August to 10th of September and 11th of December to 31st of December)

Utah Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season

  • General Seasons (1st of October to 31st of December)
  • Also, a lot of bighorn sheep are almost inaccessible, so you should only prepare to hunt them down in backcountry regions that are isolated.

Utah Turkey Hunting Season

  • General Season (2nd of October to 8th of October)
  • Youth Hunt Season (2nd of October to 8th of October)
  • Archery Season (21st of August to 10th of September)
  • Utah turkey hunting is only possible with a valid license and tag. Also, there is a hunting limit of just one turkey per annum.

Utah Small Games Hunting Seasons

  • Chukar Partridge Season (1st of September to 7th of February)
  • Dusky Blue Grouse Season (1st of September to 8th of November)
  • Cottontail Rabbit Season (July 1st to June 30th)


  • Shotgun Season (1st of September to 15th of September)
  • Archery Season (16tth of October to 7th of February)
  • Falconry Season (14th of September to 7th of February)
  • Tree Squirrel Season (1st of July to 30th of June)


  • General Season (16th of October to 7th of February)
  • Falconry Season (1st of July to 31st of March)
  • Jackrabbit Season (1st of September to 31st of March)
  • Gunnison’s Prairie Dog (1st of July to 31st of March)

The date for each season may vary according to zones for all games and wildlife in the state.

Utah Wildlife Game and Fish

Utah is one of the states in the US where you have hunting opportunities for big games, small games, furbearers, Waterfowl, and Predators.

Some of the wildlife games available for hunting in the state include the following:

Utah Pronghorn Hunting

Pronghorns are one of the big game hunting peculiar to states in the Northern part of America. Pronghorns in Utah inhabit the northern plains of the state and high elevations exist among forest areas. They are also found in herds on grassland areas in the southeast part of the state.

Utah Elk Hunting

At a point in time Elks were one of the populated deer species in North America, and you could find them almost everywhere. But a reduction in their figure came about due to agriculture activities and unregulated elk hunting in Utah and other states. Utah Turkey Hunting

Turkeys are one of the most common big game in Utah, and they are available in 3 different species, namely Rio Grande, Merriam, and Gould. Hunting of turkey in Utah is highly regulated with permits and tags.

Utah Deer Hunting

The 2 most common deer species available for big game hunting in Utah are Mule deer and white-tailed deer.

Utah Pigeon Hunting

Pigeons hunting in Utah are bad-tailed pigeons and they are not the same as the feral ones usually found in towns and city regions of the state.

Utah Grouse Hunting

Dusky grouse hunting in Utah inhabits aspen forests and mixed conifer parts of the state.

Utah Rabbit Hunting

There are 3 species of cottontail rabbits in Utah and they are available for small game hunting. They include mountain cottontail, desert cottontail, and eastern cottontail.

Utah Dove Hunting

There are quite a lot of dove species that occur in Utah, and the most common of them is the Mourning Dove.

Utah Pheasant Hunting

Pheasants inhabit regions of Utah with very high humidity that are used for agricultural purposes. Pheasant hunting in Utah is quite common.

Utah Quail Hunting

There are 3 major species of quail hunting in Utah, the Mearns, Gambel’s, or scaled species. Although there is a fourth species, the California quail, it does not get as much hunting pressure as others.

Utah Squirrel Hunting

Tree squirrels are one of the most popular small game bird hunting in Utah. There are about 4 various species of another 8 subspecies of them and they inhabit forested regions of the state.

Utah Bobcat Hunting

Bobcat in Utah is a very common predator animal and evenly distributed in the state.

Utah Fox Hunting

For fox hunting in the state, there are 3 various species, namely, gray fox, red fox, and kit fox.

Utah Coyote Hunting

Coyotes are very popular in the state and can be found in every part of the state.

Utah Shooting Range

Utah shooting range available to the general public include the following:

Three Points Shooting Range Seven Mile Hill Shooting Range Silver Creek Archery Range Sierra Vista Shooting Range:

  • PMAA Gun Range.
  • Wahsatch Shooters Association.
  • Three Peaks Shooting Range.
  • Park City Gun Club.
  • Nimrods Rifle Club.
  • Cedar City Trap Club.
  • Lee-Kay Center
  • Kane County Range.
  • Box Elder Wildlife Federation Gun Range.
  • Cache Valley Hunter Education Center.
  • Cedar City Trap Club.

Utah Hunting Lands for Sale and Lease

Hunting lands for sale in Utah include the following:

  • Tabiona, Utah (Duchesne County) 5 acres.
  • Wendover, Utah (Box Elder County) 40 acres.
  • Prime Utah Mountain land and fully operational cattle ranch located in the heart of Central Utah Annabella, Utah (Sevier County) 8,334 acres.
  • Salina, Utah (Sevier County) 2,354 acres.
  • Mount Pleasant, Utah (Sanpete County) 9.6 acres.
  • Thistle, Utah (Utah County) 556 acres.
  • Excellent farmland with a residential water hook up. The land has an 80 horsepower diesel pump. Portage, Utah (Box Elder County) 196 acres.
  • 313.7 acres located 15 miles southeast of Delta. Highway frontage on both sides of Foothill Boulevard Millard County)
  • Scipio, Utah (Millard County) 320 acres.
  • 160 acres of some of the finest land available on the La Sal range just off of Buckeye road Monticello, Utah (San Juan County).

Hunting lands for lease in Utah include the following:

  • Amazing Mule Deer and Elk Hunting Property in Emery, 15,000 acres.

Utah Public Hunting Lands

Some public hunting lands in Utah include the following:

  • 45,000 acres of hunting land in Washington County that is mostly covered with the steeply sloped areas, heath-water areas, and grassland. This tract provides a great opportunity for hunters to hunt Mule Deer and Mountain lions.
  • 200 acres hunting tract in Kanab County, Utah. Almost 93 percent of this land is open for hunting and the rest consists of agricultural land. 
  • 27 acres hunting property is in Kanab County in Utah. The surface of this land is covered with shallow soils overlying limestone rock, grassland, timberland, and wetland.
  • 1200 acres hunting property situated in Price County in Utah. The surface of this land is mostly covered with grassland, forest, wetland, and brushy upland.
  • 40 acres of hunting land located in Fillmore County in Utah. This property provides a great opportunity for hunters to hunt Mule Deer, Waterfowl, Squirrel, and Pheasants. 
  • 61,000 acres of hunting land located in Hanksville County in Utah State. This land provides a great opportunity for hunters to hunt Mule Deer and Pheasants.
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