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Sponsored by Badlands

Every year, millions of people visit public lands in Utah to climb, hike, ski and, most importantly, hunt. Every year, outdoor recreation drives $12 billion in consumer spending and supports 122,000 jobs across the state.

As many hunters know, Utah is known for its natural diversity and variety of terrain, which ranges from arid deserts with sand dunes to thriving pine forests in mountain valleys. It is a rugged state located at the convergence of three distinct geological regions — the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau.

Utah features a dry, semi-arid to desert climate; however, its many mountainous regions feature a large variety of climates with the highest points in the Uinta Mountains being above the timberline. The dry weather is a result of the state’s location in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada in California. The eastern half of the state lies in the rain shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. The primary source of precipitation for the state is the Pacific Ocean. Utah is typically in the path of large Pacific storms from October to May. In summer, parts of the state — especially southern and eastern Utah — lie in the path of monsoon moisture from the Gulf of California.

LOOKING TO BOWHUNT UTAH? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Application Fee: $10 (nonrefundable)

Hunting License: $65 (nonrefundable)

Species, Tag Fees (refundable):

  • Deer, General: $268
  • Deer, Premium CWMU: $568
  • Deer, CWMU Buck: $268
  • Elk, General: $393
  • Elk, Limited-Entry and CWMU Bull: $800
  • Elk, Multi-Season: $1,505
  • Pronghorn: $293
  • Moose: $2,615
  • Desert Bighorn Sheep: $1,518
  • Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep: $1,518
  • Mountain Goat: $1,518

Application Due Date: March 2, 2017

Point Program: Preference/Bonus

Apply at: www.wildlife.utah.gov

Phone: (801) 538-4700

THINKING ABOUT BOWHUNTING ANOTHER WESTERN STATE? SEE OUR COMPREHENSIVE MAP OF THE WEST HERE.