Ice fishing season is almost here
Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they’re easy to buy.
Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says winter is a great time to give a license as a gift. “It won’t be long before some of the state’s waters start to ice over,” she says. “When that happens, another ice fishing season will be underway.”
And Tutorow says there’s still a chance to get out and hunt. “Several hunting seasons, including the cottontail rabbit, partridge and snowshoe hare seasons, run through most of the winter,” she says.
Where to get one
The easiest way to buy a fishing or hunting license is at the DWR’s website (wildlife.utah.gov). The licenses are also available at DWR offices and from 320 fishing and hunting license agents across Utah.
Combination licenses — which allow the license holder to fish and hunt small game — are also available at the same locations and at the website.
They’re good for 365 days
In addition to enjoying the outdoors in 2013, the person you give the license to will receive an added bonus — they won’t have to wait until Jan. 1 to use it. Utah fishing and hunting licenses are 365-day licenses. That means they’re good for 365 days from the day you buy one.
For example, if you buy a license on Dec. 12, 2012, the person you give it to can use it immediately. And they can continue using it through Dec. 11, 2013.
(One note: hunting and combination licenses do not include a deer or elk permit and do not allow someone to hunt deer or elk.
Hunters can apply for a 2013 general buck deer permit in February. General elk permits will be available by mid summer on a first-come, first-served basis.)
If you buy a license at the website (wildlife.utah.gov), you can have it mailed to you (so you can wrap it and give it as a gift). Or you can have the license mailed directly to the person you’re buying it for.
It usually takes about five days for the license to arrive in the mail.
In addition to licenses, two-pole fishing permits, setline fishing permits and permits that allow people to pursue cougars with dogs are also available.
Utah resident license and permit costs are as follows:
- Combination license $30
- Fishing license (14 – 64 years old) $26
- Fishing license (65 years old and older) $21
- Fishing license (12 and 13 years old) $5
- Second-pole permit $15
- Setline permit $15
- Hunting license (under 14 years of age) $11
- Hunting license (14 years old and older) $26
- Cougar pursuit permit $30
They’re easy to buy
Tutorow says buying a license for someone is easy. “About the only information you need to provide is the person’s name, height, weight, eye color, hair color, date of birth, address and phone number,” she says.
If you buy a hunting or combination license from a license agent or the DWR’s website, you must also supply the person’s “blue card” number. This number verifies that the person you’re buying the license for has completed a DWR-approved hunter education course. The course is required for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1965 who wants to hunt in Utah.
If you buy a fishing or hunting license at a DWR office, you don’t need the person’s blue card number. “Using the computers at our offices,” Tutorow says, “we can verify that the person you’re buying the permit for has completed hunter education.”
She says license agents can’t verify — via computer — that someone has completed hunter education.
“If you buy a hunting or combination license from a license agent,” she says, “you’ll have to give the agent the person’s blue card number.”
Two-pole and setline permits
Two-pole permits allow anglers — who must also possess a fishing license — to fish with two fishing poles at any water that’s open to fishing in Utah.
Setline permits allow anglers to fish with one setline at Utah Lake; in the Bear River proper downstream from the Idaho state line, including Cutler Reservoir and the outlet canals; the Little Bear River below Valley View Highway (state Route 30); the Malad River; and Utah Lake.
Just like with two-pole permits, anglers must also possess a fishing license to fish with a setline. Anglers may not use setlines that contain more than 15 hooks.
For more information about Utah fishing and hunting licenses, 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