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 theyвЂ™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. вЂњIt wonвЂ™t be long before some of the stateвЂ™s waters start to ice over,вЂќ she says. вЂњWhen that happens, another ice fishing season will be underway.вЂќ
And Tutorow says thereвЂ™s still a chance to get out and hunt. вЂњSeveral hunting seasons, including the cottontail rabbit, partridge and snowshoe hare seasons, run through most of the winter,вЂќ she says.
Where to get one
The easiest way to buy a fishing or hunting license is at the DWRвЂ™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. TheyвЂ™re good for 365 days
In addition to enjoying the outdoors in 2012, the person you give the license to will receive an added bonus — they wonвЂ™t have to wait until Jan. 1 to use it. Utah fishing and hunting licenses are 365-day licenses. That means theyвЂ™re good for 365 days from the day you buy one. For example, if you buy a license on Dec. 12, 2011, the person you give it to can use it immediately. And they can continue using it until Dec. 11, 2012.
(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 2012 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 youвЂ™re buying it for.
It usually takes about five days for the license to arrive in the mail. In addition to the three licenses, two-pole fishing permits, setline fishing permits and permits that allow people to chase cougars with dogs are also available.
Utah resident license and permit costs are as follows:
Combination licenseВ В В В $30
Fishing license (14 – 64 years old)В В В В $26
Fishing license (65 years old and older)В В В В $21
Fishing license (12 and 13 years old)В В В В $5
Second-pole permitВ В В В $15
Setline permitВ В В В $15
Hunting license (under 14 years of age)В В В В $11
Hunting license (14 years old and older)В В В В $26
Cougar pursuit permitВ В В В $30
TheyвЂ™re easy to buy
Tutorow says buying a license for someone is easy. вЂњAbout the only information you need to provide is the personвЂ™s name, height, weight, eye color, hair color, date of birth, address and phone number,вЂќ she says.
If you buy a hunting or combination license from a license agent or the DWRвЂ™s website, you must also supply the personвЂ™s вЂњblue cardвЂќ number. This number verifies that the person youвЂ™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 donвЂ™t need the personвЂ™s blue card number. вЂњUsing the computers at our offices,вЂќ Tutorow says, вЂњwe can verify that the person youвЂ™re buying the permit for has completed hunter education.вЂќ
She says license agents canвЂ™t verify — via computer — that someone has completed hunter education. вЂњIf you buy a hunting or combination license from a license agent,вЂќ she says, вЂњyouвЂ™ll have to give the agent the personвЂ™s blue card number.вЂќ
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 thatвЂ™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); and the Malad River.
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 DWRвЂ™s Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.