How to get your Utah elk, deer hunt permits

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FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2006 file photo, a bull elk keeps a watchful eye on a herd of cow elk in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colo. Big game hunting means big money for businesses across Colorado as the state’s nearly $1 billion hunting industry opened its first rifle season Saturday. It’s now prime time for elk hunting as hunters don their camouflage and orange and go deep into the woods and their pockets to stalk big game. According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, hunters can spend thousands of dollars for guided trips from local outfitters, and nonresident hunters pay $600 for an elk license. State officials say businesses that cater to hunters and fishermen bring in an estimated $2.8 billion a year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – If you want a chance to hunt Utah’s big game, you only have a few chances left to snag one.

Earlier this year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources held a hunt drawing for buck deer and bull elk permits.

For those that did not get a permit then, you have a few more chances in July.

These big game permits are first-come, first served. You must have a valid hunting or combination license to purchase one of these permits.

General-season archery elk permits for adults and youth became available on Thursday, July 8. Here is when the remainder of the permits will be available for sale, according to DWR:

  • General-season any bull elk permits — for adults and youth — will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13. The general-season bull elk permits allow hunters to harvest a bull elk using a muzzleloader or any legal weapon. There are 17,500 bull elk permits for adults and an unlimited number of permits for youth. You must be 17 years old or younger on July 31 to purchase any of the youth permits. 
  • General-season buck deer permits that remain after the big game drawing will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 15. There are a total of 560 permits remaining. 
  • Youth general-season archery deer permits will also become available at 8 a.m. on July 15. These permits are not left over from any type of drawing — they are set aside specifically for youth hunts each year. 
  • All over-the-counter antlerless permits will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20. 
  • General-season spike bull elk permits — for adults and youth — will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 22. There are 15,000 available permits. 

For more details about these permits, visit DWR’s website.

To buy a permit, you can go online, visit a DWR office, or speak with any available license agent. Because permits go on sale beginning at 8 a.m. during each of the above days, be sure to check the hours of your nearest agent. You can find license agents online here.

If you are buying online, you may be put in a virtual waiting room. DWR says this allows them to better manage the pressure of the high volume of people wanting to buy permits. If you refresh or navigate away from that page, you may lose your spot in line.

Additionally, if you are behind on child support payments and owe more than $2,500, DWR will legally not be allowed to issue you a fishing or hunting license or any other type of hunting permit.

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