Antlerless Deer Hunting Regulations in Utah

Hunting antlerless deer in Utah is subject to specific regulations outlined in Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-27. Here's what you need to know:

Permit Requirement

  • To hunt antlerless deer in Utah, you must possess an antlerless deer permit.
  • During the antlerless drawing, an individual may obtain either one antlerless deer permit or one two-doe antlerless deer permit, but not both.

Harvesting Antlerless Deer

  • An antlerless deer permit allows you to use the legal weapon specified on your permit to harvest one antlerless deer within the designated area and season mentioned on your permit.
  • A two-doe antlerless deer permit permits you to harvest two antlerless deer within the specified area and season listed on your permit.

Weapon Flexibility

  • If you hold an any legal weapon (rifle) permit, you can use a crossbow, an airgun, a draw lock, or a muzzleloader with a magnifying scope during the rifle hunt for antlerless deer.

Cooperative Wildlife Management Units (CWMUs)

  • You are not allowed to hunt antlerless deer on a Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) unless you obtain an antlerless deer permit specific to that CWMU.


  • For the 2023 antlerless season, each hunter is eligible to obtain only one antlerless deer permit.

Additional Opportunity

  • If you possess a permit for hunting one of the following seasons: General-season buck deer, General-season bull elk, Premium limited-entry buck deer, Limited-entry buck deer, Limited-entry bull elk, or Antlerless elk, and your antlerless deer permit is for the same area, you may use your antlerless deer permit during the season listed on your other permit, provided you use the appropriate weapon type specified for that hunting season.
  • If you harvest a buck deer, bull elk, or antlerless elk and still have an unfilled antlerless deer permit, you may continue hunting antlerless deer during the respective season listed on your other permit. However, you cannot use a permit for a buck deer or bull elk during the antlerless season, except when the two seasons overlap.

Important Note

  • Antlerless elk permits are valid only during the specified season dates printed on your permit.
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