What’s the Difference Between a Hunting License and Permit

To hunt game in Utah and most other states, you’re required to obtain a license. However, certain situations call for a permit, as well. See the differences between a hunting license and a permit.

Hunting Licenses Vs. Permits

A license allows you to hunt big game or fish in a sovereign state, whereas a permit is something needed, in addition to a license to hunt for certain species, such as:

  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Pronghorn
  • Rocky Mountain goat
  • Swan
  • Turkey
  • Bear
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Bison
  • Cougar
  • Sage-grouse
  • Sandhill crane
  • Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Bobcat

Why do I Need a License?

The history of hunting licenses goes back a millennium, with William the Conqueror in 1070 AD, England, which then spread throughout the world. A few reasons for needing a hunting license include public safety—especially regarding children, both as bystanders and hunters. It’s also used for the regulation and conservation of wild animals and allows for revenue for the sovereign state. It also helps contain the transmission of animal-borne diseases (rabies and Lyme disease, notably).

A basic hunting license allows you to hunt small game, which includes most species of waterfowl and upland game. If you plan on fishing, you also need a license, and there are different types to meet the needs of different anglers.

Obtaining a license can be purchased online and are valid for a full year from the date of purchase.

How do I Obtain a Permit?

Look at a hunting guidebook, which is available at the wildlife.utah.go website for the species you want to hunt in the state, or check out your state website for more information. It will indicate whether you need to apply for a permit in the state’s hunt drawing. In Utah, drawings include:

  • Bear – Black bear
  • Big game – Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, desert bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goat, buck, bison, deer, elk, moose, and pronghorn
  • Antlerless – Deer, elk, moose, and doe pronghorn
  • Crane, grouse, and swan – Sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, greater sage-grouse, and tundra swan Cougar
  • Sportsman – Rocky Mountain bighorn, elk, moose, desert bighorn sheep, bear, bison, cougar, turkey, goat, deer, and pronghorn (one permit for each species)
  • Turkey – Wild turkey

You can apply for a permit from a drawing two ways: visit the online application website during an application period on the wildlife.utah.go website and call or visit the DWR office during the application period. If you live in Utah, before you apply for a permit, ensure you meet Utah’s hunter education, age, and license requirements. There are also regulations to qualify for being a resident.

During the application, you will be instructed and have several opportunities to review your hunt choices. Keep in mind; you can apply anytime during the open application period. If you have a group, check to see if you can apply with the other hunters.

Call R&K Hunting to Book Your Hunt

Once you obtain your license, give us a call and let us match you with the perfect hunting guide. Our experts are licensed and insured, as well as experienced hunters who know the best places to hunt, to give you the most successful chances of bringing home big game. Contact us to learn more.