Utah Mule Deer

In recent years, Utah has regained some of its former mule deer glory. Many record-class specimens have been taken, especially in limited-entry areas where hunting pressure is controlled to allow bucks to grow old. Many private ranches also have improved under a Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit program that limits tags but allows hunting when mature bucks are vulnerable in early September and early November.

News, notes and alerts

  • Application period opens January 26
  • Application deadline is typically March 2
  • Applications are submitted online
  • Draw results are posted online by May 31
  • Hunters must buy an annual hunting license
  • Hunting licenses are valid for 365 days from date of purchase
  • Buying a landowner voucher does not affect preference or bonus points
  • Premium tags allow hunters to hunt all seasons until they harvest a buck

Highlights

  • General rifle seasons are in October when most mature bucks are in heavy cover
  • Most archery seasons take place in August and early September
  • Muzzleloader season starts in late September, when big bucks move into cover
  • Some units are mostly private or private-access public land
  • Hunters can enjoy wilderness hunting in several units
  • Most large private ranches offer guided hunts or lease to outfitters who do so
  • Many general season units are crowded with hunters and offer low hunter success

Deer tag quota

Point breakdowns

Boone and Crockett entries: Typical

** Units listed below may not have a current hunt for this species. Units in this table are included if any part of the unit is found within the county.

County Entries Units within county
Kane 32 25C/26 Plateau-Boulder/Kaiparowits, 27 Paunsaugunt, 28 Panguitch Lake, 29 Zion
Garfield 20 12/16B/16C Central Mtns-Manti/San Rafael, 15 Henry Mtns, 22 Beaver, 24 Mt Dutton, 25C/26 Plateau-Boulder/Kaiparowits, 28 Panguitch Lake
Summit 15 4/5/6 Chalk Creek/East Canyon/Morgan-South Rich, 7 Kamas, 8 North Slope, 17B/17C Wasatch Mtns-Avintaquin/Currant Creek
Morgan 13 3 Ogden, 4/5/6 Chalk Creek/East Canyon/Morgan-South Rich
San Juan 12 13A La Sal-La Sal Mtns, 14A San Juan-Abajo Mtns, 14B San Juan-Elk Ridge

Boone and Crockett entries: Nontypical

** Units listed below may not have a current hunt for this species. Units in this table are included if any part of the unit is found within the county.

County Entries Units within county
Utah 11 12/16B/16C Central Mtns-Manti/San Rafael, 16A Central Mtns/Nebo, 17A Wasatch Mtns/West, 18 Oquirrh-Stansbury, 19C West Desert/Tintic
Iron 9 20 Southwest Desert, 22 Beaver, 28 Panguitch Lake, 29 Zion, 30 Pine Valley
Cache 9 2 Cache, 3 Ogden
Kane 8 25C/26 Plateau-Boulder/Kaiparowits, 27 Paunsaugunt, 28 Panguitch Lake, 29 Zion
Morgan 7 3 Ogden, 4/5/6 Chalk Creek/East Canyon/Morgan-South Rich
San Juan 6 13A La Sal-La Sal Mtns, 14A San Juan-Abajo Mtns, 14B San Juan-Elk Ridge