Sept. 16 is the last day to get one

If you enjoy hunting deer with a bow and arrow—but you don’t have a permit yet—the Division of Wildlife Resources has some good news: More than 700 general archery buck deer permits are still available, and you can get one now.

If you buy one of the permits, you can do two things: Hunt on the unit the permit is good for until the general archery season ends on Sept. 14. Then, if you haven’t taken a deer, you can hunt on any of Utah’s three extended archery areas.

The extended archery hunt runs until Dec. 15 on the Wasatch Front and Uintah Basin extended archery areas. On the Ogden Extended Archery Area, the hunt runs until Nov. 30.

If you’d like one of the remaining permits, make sure you buy it no later than Sept. 16.  Starting Sept. 17, any general archery permits that haven’t been sold yet will become muzzleloader permits.

At that point, all of the general archery deer permits will be gone.

Get a permit no later than Sept. 16

On Aug. 30, a total of 718 archery permits were still available for two units in northern Utah:

Unit                              Number of permits

Box Elder                    422

Cache                          296

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the DWR, says even if you’re not going to hunt during the general archery hunt, but you’d like to hunt during the extended hunt, you need to get a permit right way.

“Starting Sept. 17,” she says, “you won’t be able to get one.”

Best place to get a permit

If you buy a permit from a hunting license agent or a DWR office, you can start hunting the day you buy the permit. If you buy a permit on the DWR’s website (, it could take up to 10 days for the permit to arrive in the mail.

“Even though you’ve paid for the permit,” Tutorow says, “you can’t hunt until the permit is in your possession.”

For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.

Image courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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