Starting in 2014, The Utah Division of Wildlife began issuing antlerless elk-control permits. These permits provide additional opportunities for hunters with a buck deer, bull elk or any once-in-a-lifetime (OIL) permit to harvest cow elk. These antlerless elk-control permits are also available for purchase with a valid General Season Elk Permit which are available over the counter (OTC) for both residents and non-residents.
In 2015, the elk population is still at or above objective in each of the antlerless elk-control units, so the Utah Division of Wildlife is encouraging hunters to harvest cow elk from these units. So, anyone interested in hunting during the general season with OTC tags can improve their chances by getting an antlerless elk-control permit after they purchase the general permit.
Note: Antlerless elk-control permits will also be available in 2016, but probably not in the same units. I will update this after the final decisions are published.
Since all Limited Entry and once-in-a-lifetime tags have already been issued for the 2015 hunting season, I am directing this post to hunters that plan to hunt with OTC tags. In Utah, the General Spike and Any Bull Elk Tags go on sale starting 7/14/2015. There are about 15,000 tags available for both the General Spike Elk and Any Bull Elk Tags, so first come first serve (Purchase Utah Elk Tags Here).
After you purchase a general elk tag, the antlerless elk-control permits go on sale July 21, 2015 (8:00 am).
2015 Utah Antlerless Elk-Control Units
Hunt With OTC Any Bull Elk Tag
- Chalk Creek
- East Canyon
- Henry Mountains
- Morgan-South Rich
- Nine Mile, Range Creek
- Pine Valley
- San Rafael, North
- South Slope, Yellowstone
Hunt With OTC Spike Elk Tag
- Mt Dutton
- San Juan, East of US-191
- West Desert, Vernon
- Wasatch Mountains (entire unit)
- Wasatch Mountains, Avintaquin/Currant Creek
- Wasatch Mountains, West
Make Note of these Restrictions for Antlerless elk-control permits in Utah:
- The antlerless elk-control permit allows you to harvest an antlerless elk in the same unit where you have a buck, bull or once-in-a-lifetime permit
- Antlerless elk-control permits are not valid statewide
- The Buck Deer, Bull Elk and Once-in-a-lifetime hunt units may be larger than the antlerless elk-control unit, so you must verify all hunt boundaries
- The antlerless elk permit is only valid during the season dates and with the same weapon listed on the buck, bull or once-in-a-lifetime permit
I usually hunt the spike elk units because they are closer to home for me and I prefer to hunt the general season with both spike and antlerless elk tags. I primarily hunting for the meat and having both tags increases the chances of success especially in the spike elk units.
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