Utah is a great state for outdoorsmen. There are many species of animals in Utah, ranging from small game, like waterfowl, to bigger animals such as deer, black bears and cougars. With so many different animals in Utah, it is no surprise that the state is home to many different hunters. Although Utah is primarily known for mountainous beauty and a desert landscape, there are still quite a few bodies of water scattered through the state. Fishing is just as popular as hunting in Utah.
In order to hunt or fish in Utah, residents are required to obtain all the proper permits and licenses. New hunters may be surprised about how involved getting permits can be in Utah. In addition to the base hunting license, there are also hunting tags. These tags acts as extensions to the base license and allow hunters to hunt additional species of animals. Fishing licenses are not as involved, however, there are certain species of fish which fishers are not allowed to take from the water.
Fishing Licenses in Utah
One of the great things about fishing in Utah is the fishing season lasts for the entire year. The majority of fishing licenses last for 365 days. The only exception is some of the limited fishing licenses, which are primarily intended for tourists that are only briefly passing through Utah. These visitors can choose between a three-day fishing license or a seven-day fishing license. There is also an option to purchase a multi-year fishing license, which has a scaling cost for the additional number of years the fisher wishes to add to the license. Fishers cannot add more than five years to a license. In addition, there is also a combination hunting and fishing license available to both residents and nonresidents.
The price of fishing licenses in Utah varies slightly depending on age. The first age category is for children between the ages of 12 and 13. Next, is children between 14 and 17. The largest category is between the ages of 18 and 64, with the final category being for fishers age 65 or older. There are also variants available for both residents and nonresidents. The only difference between the fishing licenses for residents and nonresidents is the price, with residents getting a small discount compared to nonresidents. Children under the age of 12 do not require a fishing license, but they must be accompanied by an adult.
Fishers must adhere to the daily fishing limits, otherwise they may lose their fishing license. The daily fishing limits refer to how many of certain species of fish an angler can collect in a single day. These limits are put in place to keep fishers from causing damage to the ecosystem. Some fish, such as white or striped bass, do not have limits. At first these fishing limits may seem complicated, but they are fairly straightforward. Most fishing locations will have the daily fishing limits available to the public. Fishers can also reference the Utah fishing guidebook, which is available online and at most fishing or sporting stores.
Fishers have a number of options for where they get their license. Many fishers simply apply online, but it is also possible to apply over the phone or in person at the Division of Wildlife services. In addition, fishing and sporting goods stores often have physical copies of the application and can issue licenses.
Hunting Licenses in Utah
The rules regarding hunting in Utah are a little more involved than fishing. One of the biggest differences is that hunters in Utah born after 1965 are required to pass a hunter education class before they can even apply for their hunting license.
Hunting licenses are available in the same location as fishing licenses, but the process for acquiring hunting licenses works differently. In addition to the base hunting license, there are additional hunting permits which allow for residents to hunt additional species. There are additional permits for big game, waterfowl, black bears, upland game and cougars.
Due to the number of hunters in Utah, the state hands out these permits based on a lottery system. Applicants have a set amount of time to apply for their hunting permits, and then a set number of applications are drawn at random. Applicants who are chosen will receive their tags, which last for a set period of time. In addition to these hunting permit rules, there are also daily hunting limits for each species.
Falconry in Utah
There are several different laws which protect birds of prey in Utah. These laws do not just apply to hunters, but also to anyone interested in owning or training a falcon. In Utah, there are a few different levels of falconry. The first level is known as an apprentice class falconer. Apprentices are required to pass a test to receive their Utah Falconry Certificate of Registration. This is the license that is required in order to hunt with a falcon in Utah. After passing the test, the apprentice falconer must have his or her home examined to make sure it is a proper environment for raising a bird of prey. Apprentices that wish to become general class falconers are required to pass an additional test to prove they are certified.