Want some local elk or deer meat? Apply for antlerless hunts starting May 28

You can apply for a cow elk hunting permit starting May 31. (Photo: DWR / Scott)

If putting locally sourced, nutritious meat on the table while enjoying Utah’s beautiful outdoors sounds good to you, take note that the application period for Utah’s 2020 antlerless hunts is opening.

Beginning on May 28 at 8 a.m., applications for a permit are available to hunt cow elk, cow moose, doe deer, doe pronghorn, and, for the first time, ewe bighorn sheep.

Anyone interested must submit an application no later than 11 p.m. on June 18 to be included in the drawing for hunting permits. Before applying for a 2020 antlerless permit, bonus point or preference point, make sure you have a valid Utah hunting or combination license. You can buy a license on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website, by calling 1-800-221-0659 or by visiting a license agent.

DWR Big Game Coordinator Covy Jones said in a prepared statement:

The antlerless big game hunts are a great opportunity to not only harvest meat and make some great memories outdoors, but also to help manage wildlife populations and maintain healthy herds and landscapes.

The drawing results will be available on or before July 9. If any antlerless permits are available after the drawing, you can purchase them beginning July 22. Check the 2020 Utah Antlerless Application Guidebook for details.