Antlerless Elk Hunting Regulations in Utah

Hunting antlerless elk in Utah is subject to specific regulations outlined in Utah Code § 23-20-3 and Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-33. Here's what you need to know:

Permit Requirement

  • To hunt antlerless elk in Utah, you must possess an antlerless elk permit. This permit authorizes you to use the legal weapon specified on your permit to harvest one antlerless elk during the designated area and season mentioned on your permit.

Weapon Flexibility

  • Holders of any legal weapon (rifle) permits may use a crossbow, an airgun, a draw lock, or a muzzleloader with a magnifying scope during the rifle hunt for antlerless elk.

Cooperative Wildlife Management Units (CWMUs)

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

Obtaining Multiple Elk Permits

  • In Utah, you have the opportunity to obtain up to three elk permits each year, subject to certain conditions:
    • A maximum of one permit can be for a bull elk.
    • You can obtain a maximum of one antlerless elk permit through the antlerless drawing.
    • You are eligible to obtain a maximum of two antlerless elk permits over the counter.
  • Archery elk permits designated as "hunter’s choice" or general-season archery permits are considered bull elk permits.
  • Antlerless elk-control or private-lands-only permits are considered antlerless permits.

Antlerless Elk Drawing

  • You may apply for only one antlerless elk permit in the antlerless drawing.
  • If you are unsuccessful in obtaining an antlerless elk permit through the drawing, you may have the option to purchase up to two antlerless elk permits over the counter.

Over-the-Counter Permits

  • Over-the-counter antlerless elk permits encompass various categories, including antlerless elk-control permits, private-lands-only permits, mitigation vouchers, CWMU vouchers, and any general-season permits that remain available after the antlerless drawing.
  • It is essential to understand and meet the special usage requirements for antlerless elk-control and private-lands-only permits before purchasing them.
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