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Draw Deadline

Applications due by…………………March 1, 2013
Applications must be made online (credit card) and must be received by 11PM on the due date. (http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/hunting.html)

Results available…………………May 31, 2013


Fees required at application
Non-refundable Application Fee……..$10
General or Combination Hunting License fee*………..$26 or $30 (resident)/$65 or $80 (non-resident)
*General or Combination Hunting License is required to apply and is non-refundable.

Additional Fees After Successful Drawing
Limited Entry elk tag fee………..$280 (resident)/$795 (non-resident)

Points Only Fees
Before you can apply for a bonus point only, you must have a valid Utah hunting or combination license. In addition to the non-refundable hunting/combination license fee, there is a non-refundable bonus point application fee of $10.


Utah uses a modified bonus point system where 50% of the permits are reserved for those with the most bonus points and the remaining 50% of permits are available to all applicants.

Purchasing A Bonus Point Only

In Utah, you can still receive a bonus point by applying for one. To apply for a bonus point, select the appropriate bonus point code on your application and pay the $10 application fee. To apply for a bonus point, you must be eligible for the hunt the bonus point will be awarded for.

Non-Resident Permit Allocations

10% of available tags for each hunt are reserved for non-residents.

Hunt Choices

Fifty percent (odd numbers are rounded down) of the permits for each hunt unit number are set aside for applicants who have the most bonus points. The remaining 50% of permits are issued through the general draw. Before the drawing takes place, a computer randomly assigns a drawing number to you and also randomly assigns a drawing number to you for each bonus point you have. After the computer has randomly assigned your numbers to you, it takes the lowest number you received, and that’s the number you’ll use in the drawing. The lower your number, the better your chance at drawing a permit.

In the first phase of the drawing, the system will award the “bonus tags” to applicants only in the top point level. If there are more permits than applicants in this level, the remaining permits will be awarded to the next level down and so on until all the bonus tags have been awarded. All remaining applicants will then be processed through the second phase or “general drawing”. In this phase all applicants, at every point level, are considered and quite often, permits are awarded to applicants with few if any points.

Hunter Education Requirements

If you were born after Dec. 31, 1965, you must provide proof that you’ve passed a hunter education course approved by the Division before you can apply for or obtain a hunting license or a big game permit. This proof can be a hunter education course Certificate of Completion (this certificate is called a “blue card” in Utah) or a hunting license from a previous year with your hunter education number noted on the license.

Group Applications

Instead of applying as an individual hunter, you and your friends and family can apply together as a group. Both residents and nonresidents can apply together. However, if you’re a Utah resident and you decide to apply with a nonresident, make sure nonresident permits are available for each hunt your group is applying for. If nonresident permits are not available for a hunt your group is applying for, the nonresident and everyone else in the group—including the Utah residents—will not be allowed to draw for
that hunt unit.

Up to four hunters can apply together. If your group is successful in the drawing, all of the applicants in your group who have valid applications will receive a permit.

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