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Utah increases nonresident hunting fees for 2020/2021

Utah increases nonresident hunting permit tag fees

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In an interesting turn of events, Utah has increased nonresident hunting fees starting on July 1, 2020 through House Bill 8. These were passed and signed by the Utah Governor on March 30, 2020.

A lot of these fees won't be fully seen until the 2021 application season, but there are some that will be felt in 2020 when they begin on July 1.

Screenshot of House bill 8 in Utah

If you want to read everything about House Bill 8, the hunting fee changes start on page 200. Check out the document here.

Utah license fee increase

License Current
fee
(pre-July 1)
New fee after
July 1, 2020
Percent
change
Hunting license
(adult)
$65.00 $72.00 11%
Hunting license
(youth 17 and under)
$25.00 $29.00 16%
Combination license - adult
(hunting and fishing)
$85.00 $98.00 15%
Combination license - youth
(hunting and fishing)
$29.00 $33.00 14%
Point fee
(per species)
$10.00 $15.00 50%

 

Utah general season permit fee increase

License Current
fee
(pre-July 1)
New fee after
July 1, 2020
Percent
change
Turkey $100.00 $115.00 15%
General Season Deer $268.00 $398.00 49%
General Season Dedicated hunter $1,047.00 $1,047.00 n/a
Antlerless Deer $93.00 $107.00 15%
Bull elk
(archery)
$393.00 $593.00 51%
General bull elk $393.00 $593.00 51%
Multi-season general
bull elk
$700.00 $800.00 14%
Antlerless elk $218.00 $251.00 15%

 

Utah limited entry permit fee increase

License Current
fee
(pre-July 1)
New fee after
July 1, 2020
Percent
change
Limited entry deer $468.00 $650.00 39%
Multi-season limited entry buck $845.00 $1,100.00 30%
Premium limited entry deer $568.00 $768.00 35%
Multi-season premium limited entry buck $1,025.00 $1,330.00 30%
Limited entry bull elk $800.00 $1,000.00 25%
Multi-season limited entry bull elk $1,505.00 $1,805.00 20%
Antelope limited entry buck $293.00 $337.00 15%
Antelope limited entry doe $93.00 $107.00 15%
Moose limited entry bull $1,518.00 $2,200.00 45%
Moose limited entry antlerless $713.00 $1,000.00 40%
Bison $1,518.00 $2,200.00 45%
Bison
(Antelope Island)
$2,615.00 $2,615.00 n/a
Desert bighorn sheep $1,518.00 $2,200.00 45%
Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep $1,518.00 $2,200.00 45%
Rocky Mtn/Desert bighorn ewe   $1,000.00  
Mountain goat $1,518.00 $2,200.00 45%
Mountain lion $258.00 $297.00 15%
Black bear $308.00 $354.00 15%
Black bear multi-season $475.00 $546.00 15%
Turkey $100.00 $115.00 15%

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28 Comments

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Arron J. - posted 1 month ago on 04-23-2020 10:46:38 am
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@Mike S, your comment is very interesting. I dropped moose points in Wyoming. Ate a few years of points, but, once I calculated the total cost, points over 20+ years and the cost of the tag once I drew, it was comparable to a moose hunt in Alaska. No brainer, go to Alaska. Guys who are just getting into the systems in AZ, UT, NV, WY, and especially CO, need to think long and hard about the sunk costs fallacy.

Mike S. - posted 1 month ago on 04-14-2020 03:31:55 pm
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IMO opinion preference points in 5 years will be a thing of the past. Overall I'm so tired of buying and managing points. I think dropping states and putting that cash in the account and buying landowner tags will be a better way to go. 300-400 bucks a state x 4 states that like 1,200-1,400 a year, crap might as well do a goat hunt on Kodiak in 6 years.

Mike S. - posted 1 month ago on 04-14-2020 03:25:58 pm
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Wow with all the non-resident increase in the last two years, I'm going to have to drop another state. I dropped NM TY but I think I'll add that back in and I'll dump NV and UT. I think I'll end up with CO, NM, WY vs. NV, UT, NM, CO, WY.

adam p. - posted 1 month ago on 04-12-2020 08:34:36 pm
Willows, CA
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I was thinking of adding Utah to my application strategy based on price. I will keep my current strategy now with the trend of many states racing to increase fees.

Dillon H. - posted 1 month ago on 04-11-2020 02:57:07 pm
Douglas, Wyoming
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Everyone wants their own tag, they want it now, and they want it for free. Utah has excellent opportunities and the DWR does an excellent job. They won’t price me out.

Nate R. - posted 1 month ago on 04-11-2020 02:31:50 pm
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What's funny is that EVERY STATE around Utah has prices similar to this.

Idaho:
$351.75 for a non-resident Deer tag
$651.75 for a non-resident Elk tag

Colorado:
$401.83 for non-resident Deer tag
$670.25 for non-resident Elk tag

Nevada:
$240.00 for non-resident Deer tag
$1,200 for non-resident Elk tag

Arizona:
$300.00 for non-resident Deer tag
$665.00 for non-resident Elk tag

Montana:
$612.00 for non-resident Deer tag
$884.00 for non-resident Elk tag

Wyoming:
$374.00 for non-resident Deer tag
$692.00 for non-resident Elk tag

Looks like Utah is still cheaper to hunt on general tags, especially elk, than most states.

Roger C. - posted 1 month ago on 04-10-2020 12:58:09 pm

Well I will be 75 this fall and have 17pts. Think I am 1 or 2 years out for my tag. My hunting buddy will stay in as he has just 6. Glad I am almost done. My hunting group was 7, now down to 2 of us. Others priced out over the years. Times are changing. Good luck to all u young guys in the future. Of my original group of 8 I am the only one still alive and I am on a banana. LOL.

Gary H. - posted 1 month ago on 04-10-2020 07:19:16 am
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When the non-residents stop coming the residents will be footing the bill.

Not many of them are realizing that in their quest to shut out non-residents and get more tags for themselves. lol

Just wait and see.

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Brady M. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 11:14:22 am
Las Vegas, NV
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@James - There are cases where these increases in fees will be felt in 2020.

For example, the leftover general season deer tags typically are not available for purchase until mid-July. Also general season bull elk tags are not available for purchase until late July. The same goes for the cow elk draw where the draw is in late June, but results are not available until July (this could be a case where you might get charged the higher fees), then leftovers are available for purchase in July.

So for these somewhat rare circumstances for nonresidents I presented above, the fee change will be felt by some people already in 2020.

David P. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 10:55:32 am
Las Vegas, NV
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This is ridiculous. These increases are huge!!!!

Seth D. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 10:29:13 am
Public Lands
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Hunting has been expensive for a long time. It is just what it is. Utah is much cheaper than a lot of other states, but the odds suck on drawing a tag. This increase might slightly change that, but it won't matter as many people are applying in multiple states every year.

I'll keep love applying.

Seth D. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 10:29:30 am
Public Lands
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Hunting has been expensive for a long time. It is just what it is. Utah is much cheaper than a lot of other states, but the odds suck on drawing a tag. This increase might slightly change that, but it won't matter as many people are applying in multiple states every year.

I'll keep love applying.

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Nicholas K. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 09:06:19 am
Quarryville, PA
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The fact that they charge $354 for bear and $297 for lion is absurd. You always hear about predation toll on elk and mule deer. They should keep those tags cheap so hunters dont mind putting those tags in their pocket while out hunting elk. Oregon does that part right. Nonresidents can get a lion tag for only $16.50

Christopher p. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 08:52:24 am
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.

Sean M. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 08:13:55 am
IDAHO
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And people are out there complaining about Idaho's increases....

JAMES R. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 08:13:33 am
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If you draw this year your card is automatically charged, so you'll pay old fee structure. This will only effect next years draw and going forward. Though I don't like the increase its still the most inexpensive state I apply for in the west as a non-resident. You can use your license for two application seasons and I've always figured that any permit I draw in UT is a once in my lifetime permit with the extremely limited # of Non-ressy permits to begin with.

Morgan H. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 08:03:40 am
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Holy sh***. This is a big increase - makes it hard to justify hunting Utah. The desirability of continuing to apply just dropped significantly.

Arron J. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 07:51:00 am
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Ouch, I'm surprised Utah didn't amend to require a kidney.

Josh B. - posted 1 month ago on 04-09-2020 03:59:26 am
San Antonio, TX
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As a guy from the PNW now living in Texas. It’s hard to tell the difference between NR fees and these TX high fence fees or lease fees. I just hope someone behind the scenes is doing everything for the right reasons (conservation). UT was my long play (10+ years anyway). Back to the drawing board

dan k. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 11:17:13 pm
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wow,hope I draw this year,,,these price increases are b s for general deer 48% for marginal quality and a lot of pressure, 38% more for limited deer??,25% on limited elk??,mtn goat $700 more???im gonna have to bail on these in the future,,on top of that a 11% increase on the basic licence,,I hope Utah will reconsider,,i will have to dump them in the future if this is how they want to treat non-residents that already pay some pretty high prices already,,on top of this they will loose resteraunt and fuel revinues to boot that us non-residents bring to Utah.

Thiess L. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 07:48:33 pm
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Wow!!! The General season costs are outrageous for the quality of hunt and animals. $1,000 is way too much for elk. It will be interesting to see how this affects things.

Charles L. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 07:39:38 pm
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On the surface you think, not a big deal, less competition. When In reality you still have the MOuntain Dew army running around with their everyone in their family and extended family. Hell

Erik E. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 07:06:11 pm
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Hopefully I will draw general tag for deer this year. If not I will just abandon the few points I have & will be done with Utah!! It’s won’t be long until hunting is for the rich only. It’s hard enough to draw tags & with prices for non residents constantly increasing across all states people will eventually start losing interest. I love to hunt, but with the cost of it all I am starting to lose interest. If non residents just stopped putting in these states would lose a ton of revenue. I know it will never happen & the locals will say good don’t put in for hunts.
Utah will lose my money after this draw cycle for deer!!!!!

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Thomas H. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 06:30:59 pm
Bend, Oregon
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Well that sucks! I just moved to Utah in December and had to put in for everything as a non resident. If I draw a tag and purchase it before July 1st does that mean I don’t have to pay the new cost? Maybe a stupid question but just curious

Will F. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 06:19:55 pm
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This non-resident hunting is becoming a rich man's game quickly. This is getting unreasonable to go shoot a dang animal out of state! Do non-residents have any voice? Any action we can take here to get them to chill on this?

Christopher p. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 05:53:29 pm
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Utah doing Utah things I guess

Christopher p. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 05:52:56 pm
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Dang

TERRY D. - posted 1 month ago on 04-08-2020 05:50:25 pm
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Wow, those are huge increases & sneaky to change them after apps were turned. SMH.