Apply for a Bear Hunting or Pursuit Permit


If you want to hunt black bears on limited entry areas in Utah this year, you can apply for a permit starting Feb. 6.

DWR Press Release

Feb. 6 is the first day to apply

Don’t let the cold weather fool you; Utah’s spring black bear hunt will start in about two months.

If you’d like to hunt bears during the spring, summer or fall seasons, the time to apply for a permit is almost here.  You can apply starting Feb. 6.

Apply by Feb. 27

You can apply for a bear hunting or a bear pursuit permit starting Feb. 6 at

(Pursuit permits allow you to pursue bears with hounds, but you may not take the bears you pursue.)

To be included in the draw for permits, your application must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Results of the 2017 Utah black bear draw will be available by March 10.

Apply for a bonus point

If you’re not going to hunt bears in 2017, you can still apply for a bonus point.  Bonus points increase the chance you’ll draw a bear permit in the future.

Applications for bonus points will also be accepted at from Feb. 6 until 11 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Get a free guidebook

Everything you need to know to apply for a permit is available in the 2017 Utah Black Bear Guidebook.

The free guidebook is available at

More information

If you have questions about applying for a 2017 Utah black bear hunting permit, call the Utah Hunt Application office at 1-800-221-0659 or the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office.

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