Why Are Hunting Permits Necessary?

Hunting season attracts all types of hunters. Whether you’re looking for a trophy elk or a deer for its meat this winter, you need a permit. Learn about why and when permits are necessary and how to obtain one.

Why do I Need a Permit?

First, let’s differentiate between a license and a permit. A basic hunting license is required to hunt small game, including most species of waterfowl and upland game. You need a license for separate hunting permits for big game, cougars, bears, and other animals. A permit is something you obtain in addition to a primary hunting or combination license (fishing included) for the following species, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:

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

A hunting license is to control hunting, namely for the protection of natural treasures and raising tax revenue. 

Purposes for a Hunting Permit

There are several purposes for a hunting permit, such as public safety—particularly around children, whether they are hunters or bystanders. A permit is also for regulation and conservation of wild animals, state revenue, and for containing animal-borne disease transmission. (including Lyme disease and rabies)

In the U.S., hunting regulation is a matter of state law, with additional regulations mandated through Federal environmental law for endangered species, including ducks and geese or other migratory birds. As with other licenses, a hunting license or permit is not a right but a privilege afforded by the federal government. 

How do I Obtain a Hunting Permit?

States have different standards and paperwork requirements for license and permit requests. It depends on areas, times, distinctions between species, harvesting techniques, and whether you’re required to take a hunting safety course.

Before you obtain a permit, first take a look at the hunting guidebook put out by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources or one for your state. If you live in Utah, you can download them or pick up printed copies. They have everything you need to hunt or fish in the state. It also tells you if you should apply for a permit in the state’s hunt drawing. Some permits don’t qualify, but sometimes after the drawing, they offer them. You can choose to buy one online or by visiting your local DWR office. They also sell them at retail sales outlets.

Contact R&K Hunting Company

R&K Hunting Company prides itself on guided hunts for both Utah and Wyoming. Retreat to the beautiful Uinta Mountains near Evanston Wyoming or in Coalville, Utah. If you’re ready to book a hunting trip, please give us a call. We have years of experience with finding the perfect hunting spots for the passionate hunter or beginner. Our specialists have gathered some of the best hunting habitats for game, including mule deer, elk, and moose. Call us today to learn more.